BEN Tollitt insists that there is no hangover from last season and that Oldham Athletic are ready to wipe the slate clean and start a new campaign afresh.

Latics were relegated from the Football League for the first time in the club's proud history and their 115-year involvement in the competition last season.

But while Tollitt is new, having signed a one-year deal only last week, he says he has seen enough to be reassured that those who were involved last season are not dwelling on the past.

"Everyone's really eager to get going, and because there's a load of new players come in it's a fresh mindset and a fresh start in a way," said the winger, who is one of 10 new signings at Boundary Park this summer.

"There's lots of positivity and no real heads down from what happened last season. I can't speak for that because I wasn't here but from what I've seen so far it's only been good.

"The mood's good. All the lads get on well and I know a couple of the lads from playing with them previously so they helped me to settle in. Even the lads who I don't know, they've all been great."

And while Latics have had a mixed bag of results this summer, with only one win from their six pre-season friendlies, Tollitt is confident that their hard work on the training ground will come together when it matters, with the new National League season kicking off at Torquay on Saturday, followed by a televised first home game against Dorking Wanderers the following Friday.

"I'm looking forward to it, Torquay away in the first game and then the second game is on the telly, which will be a good occasion," said the 27-year-old.

"I can only speak for myself but I'm definitely looking forward to it. It feels like it's been a long off season and a long pre-season so I'm eager to get back playing and start watching games on the telly myself."

Tollitt overcame the disappointment of being let go by Everton as a 15-year-old to forge a career for himself initially with Portsmouth before moves to Tranmere, Wrexham, Blackpool and Fylde.

And he has made a positive start to life at Latics, scoring the winning goal to beat Radcliffe in a friendly just hours after signing, and following that up with a goal against his old club, Fylde, albeit in a 2- defeat in the last of their warm-up games.

"I've just got to keep my head down, work hard, improve every day and hopefully I can chip in with those goals and assists," he said.

"I'm grateful I've played for some good clubs before and this is another one to add to the CV. Hopefully I have a good stint."