I'm bringing you this week's Bear Essentials from the open day at the club's training complex where I'm hoping to catch up with all the latest excitement surrounding the pre-season events. I'll just wander over and see if I can catch a word with The Gaffer and Juke Box.
"Hello, hello Gaffer! The new season is upon us at last and the club has been busy over the last few days making their final preparations. I hear we have a new skipper, not looking at anybody in particular!"
"Aye, Jukey had a great season and he has such a positive influence on the team that offering him the captaincy seemed the natural thing to do."
"Well it certainly appears to be a popular choice with The Bears. Gordon, what was your reaction when The Gaffer asked you to be our skipper?"
"Aye well, ah wis shocked at first. But ah knew just whit a great honour it wis tae be asked, so ah gladly accepted."
"Do you think the added responsibility will affect your game?"
"No, no really. Ah've always been one tae encourage the lads on the park and me and The Gaffer get on well, so it'll just mean that I'll have tae make sure that the lads are carrying out The Gaffer's instructions to the best of their ability during the game."
"Thanks Gordon. Gaffer, you've signed Kevin Thomson on a Bosman and young Stuart Munro from the academy. Any more signings to come before the season starts?"
"I'm happy with the squad, but you can never rule out any last minute deals."
"Thanks Gaffer, now let's see.....here's Thomas Buffel. Thomas, a new role for you this season, I hear. Does that excite you? Are you worried that the 'Maverick' role will probably reduce your playing time?"
"Yes and no! Yes, I am excited, and no I not too worried. Gaffer and I talked about it. The role suits The Gaffer's priorities and playing philosophy. Gaffer likes the cups and he also likes to rotate his attackers, so I don't think not playing quite so much in the league will be a big problem and the thought of becoming a superstar is very appealing. Good for international prospects, yes?"
"Yes indeed, Thomas..........ah, here's Dado Prso. Dado, a quick word if you don't mind. The Gaffer has given you your 'Swansong'. What are your thoughts on that?"
"I talk long with Gaffer about my future. I...how you say...getting on a bit? I have had great time at this great club but I would like to return home to Croatia next year and take things a bit easier, so when Gaffer suggested I be club's 'Swansong' I was very happy. Hopefully, my last season at club will be very good, like last season."
"Thanks Dado. Well, that's all we have time for, unfortunately"
Till Next Time....Enjoy the Pre-season friendlies!