THEY will to have start installing a revolving door to the office of assistant boss Stuart Cash this week as streams of trialists and potential signings head to the Rec for a series of talks and practice matches.
For Cash and absent manager Terry Brown, the mad rush starts here, and it promises to be an exciting time for the fans as players from all walks of life aim to impress the management and earn their place in the promotion-hunting squad for next season.
Cash and the returning Brown will get their first look at a number of new boys in action during a trial match on Saturday, and that's just the start of a fortnight of hustle and bustle at the Rec with young players, in particular, looking to make their mark.
It was mixed emotions for Cash at the start of the week after finally completing the signing of experienced Exeter City midfielder Paul Buckle but missing out on striker Alvin Bubb.
Buckle, the 31-year-old former Brentford, Torquay and Colchester holding player, brought great satisfaction to the management team when agreeing to a new deal on Monday to become the fifth major signing of the summer.
But Bubb, the pacey, young Bristol Rovers frontman, opted for a two-week trial at Sheffield United instead of a permanent move to the Rec, although, until his future at Bramhall Lane has been decided, the deal is not yet dead and buried.
Cash is also still hot on the heels of Hayes defender Anthony Charles — and signs are looking promising there also. Charles trained with the Shots on Tuesday night and is expected to finally put pen to paper later this week.
Then there's the case of the vastly experienced centre half who could also join at the same time and a number of high-profile strikers, who continue to negotiate with the club despite preferring to stay in the Football League.
One of these, Wycombe Wanderers' Andy Baird, is a named target. He is in constant touch with the Shots while mid-way through a two-week trial with Oxford.
Then, at the other end of the scale, there's young striker Barry Dunne, who is currently training with the club after having impressed with a superb scoring record at Spartan South Midlands Leaguers Harefield United last season.
Cash said: "Strikers are our main priority at the moment, although we are still looking at defenders and another midfield player.
Negotiations are on-going. Such is the climate at the moment, we aren't going to be rushed. We do want to get strikers on board as quickly as we can but if it means us waiting a couple of weeks to get the man we want then that's what we will do.
"We've set ourselves high standards this year, that's evident I think by the signings we have made in Jason Cousins, Dean Hooper and Paul Buckle — all of which have come out of the Football League.
"But waiting is a bit of a gamble in situations like ours because some of these players, especially the younger ones, are desperate to cling onto professional football and are being offered trials elsewhere."
The first manic Saturday for Cash and Brown arrives this coming weekend when they don their thinking caps for the first of a series of practise matches.
Cash has arranged a 1st XI versus reserve game at Bourley Road this coming Saturday with no fewer than nine trialists — many of whom have written to the club to request a trial — will be on show.
Leading the pack and most interesting to Cash and Brown is 22-year-old centre back Andrew Hingley, who arrives at the Rec with a big reputation behind him. After a season at Wolverhampton Wanderers and two in the Coventry City reserves, Hingley went to study at Brunel University, where he represented the British Universities team before returning to the professional game with Gillingham.
Also on the list for the Saturday game is Ryan Williams and Ty Goldsmith of Crystal Palace, Stephen Saywell of Reading and Kingston Olaniran of Queens Park Rangers.
All of these names will be looking to impress the management team and earn a place on the full time staff for next season.
As part of a new scheme, around seven or eight players aged 23 or under, will be invited to play and train six days a week to help the Shots bridge the gap between the part-time football they play now and the full-time game which they plan for the future.
So far John Nutter and new signings Nikki Bull and Roscoe D'sane have enrolled and Charles is expected to follow suit if he signs as expected.
In addition to the trialists released from professional clubs this summer, the Shots will also be looking at three Belgian players in the forthcoming four-way tournament at Kingstonian, starting on July 13.
Cash has teamed up with an old mate, Yeovil boss Gary Johnson to enter into negotiations with a Belgian agent, who is keen to bring four players from the Belgian first division into the English game.
Johnson has already snapped up one, but Cash and Brown will be looking at the other three over the space of a week and in the matches against Brentford, Darlington or Kingstonian. Two are strikers, one, in particular, with a very impressive CV, and the third is a central defender.
Cash concluded: "We don't know a lot about them, let's wait and see. I've seen a video of the striker, however, and it looks pretty encouraging."