FARNBOROUGH Town chief Graham Westley is on the verge of signing two key players which, he believes, can become pivotal figures in his charge for the Conference championship next year.

Speaking at the Conference Congress in Stratford-upon-Avon over the weekend, Westley revealed that he had all but clinched the signing of one former Conference winner and was just "minutes away" from sealing a second.

Westley has been extremely busy in his quest to bring success to the club next season and is expected to reveal this week just who will come and who will go out of the AIMITA Stadium door in time for the new campaign.

The new boys will join Danny Carroll to complete a trio of new arrivals, with one more due to come, while a number of out-of-contract players, possibly as many as six or seven, are expected to be released.

The boss said: "Apart from Justin [Gregory] and Christian [Lee], there aren't any new contracts agreed with anybody. I've told the out-of-contract players my views and some will come back to me with view to what they want with their futures.

"At the moment there are a huge number of high quality players available and I've been in no rush.

"I've just agreed by telephone for one excellent player to join this football club and I'm within minutes of agreeing for a second. These are not only two names who will be very important to us, but two names of the very highest calibre, who have won the Conference. They have done things at a higher level as well and are still young enough to do it again.

"There are very exciting things going on and we are all really looking forward to the season ahead."

Meanwhile, Farnborough Town have announced their full list of pre-season friendlies, including a date for the eagerly-awaited local derby with Aldershot Town.

The game will be played on Tuesday July 30 at the AIMITA Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm, while Westley is also looking forward to visits from a strong Portsmouth XI on Wednesday July 24, Premiership Charlton Athletic on Wednesday August 7 and from Barry Hearn and his Leyton Orient side on Sunday August 4.

After that, he then takes his players on a two-day tour of the south coast once again to face Doc Martens Leaguers Weymouth and Bashley before the Conference season kicks off in earnest on Saturday August 17.

While in Stratford, Westley and his fellow Boro officials heard a number of exciting new initiatives which will enhance the excitement of the Conference even further this coming season.

For the first time, Conference teams will play in squad numbers this season with the players' name on the back of his shirt, ala Premiership and Football League.

Conference officials also announced to representatives of its 22 member clubs that it is confident of securing a second promotion spot to the Football League at the end of next season and should that be confirmed, then a play-off system will be introduced.

It is proposed that teams finishing second, third, fourth and fifth will play-off in two-legged semi-finals and a final on neutral territory, for the right to join the champions in the professional game.

But teams can only make the play-offs if they have a Football League graded ground, which Boro, of course, do not at present.

Elsewhere, the Conference were proud to announce a two-year extension to their deal to show live matches on Sky Television.

Speaking about the new play-off proposals, Westley concluded: "My only focus is getting ready to do the best we possibly can. That's all I'm concentrating on. I've heard today, people talking ITV Digital money or an extra promotion place. I'm delighted to hear clubs talking like that. My focus remains the same."