BOSS Anthony Limbrick knows he will have to improve his squad if The New Saints are to deny Connah’s Quay Nomads another JD Cymru Premier crown next season.

Saints finished two points behind the back-to-back title winners in the race for the championship.

After a two-week break to try and recharge the batteries, Saints will be back in training and plotting how to prevent a Nomads hat-trick.

“We’ve got a fortnight off and then we’ll be returning to start our pre-season,” said Limbrick.

“We’ll have a five or six-week pre-season before the European games.

“We’re looking forward to those because it gives the club another chance to experience more European football.”

He added: “But when you finish second at TNS, you know you need to improve the squad, and we’ll be looking at that.

“We’re working hard behind the scenes to bring in guys who will make the squad better. We need to get the right balance.

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“We’ve got good players in the squad already, but we won’t be able to keep everyone.

“We want to win the title back next season and we’ve got to make the right calls in the summer.

“Gary Brabin has come in as sporting director and is having an influence in the decision-making process when it comes to recruitment.”

Reflecting on missing out to Connah’s Quay for the second season running, Limbrick, who only took over as manager with 10 games to go, said: “You can always go back to the 4-1 defeat by Connah’s Quay, but we drew 0-0 at home against Caernarfon after that and did everything but score.

“We missed a penalty, had two goals disallowed and should have scored from open play.

“If we had then that could have won us the title on goal difference given how the rest of the games panned out.”