Hayes & Yeading returned to pre-season training last week, but manager Phil Babb is in no hurry to start signing up players.
They were in again on Saturday morning so Babb and his staff could take a closer look, with a number of hopefuls failing to make the grade.
Babb took charge of his latest session last night (Tuesday) and is preparing his squad for their first pre-season match at Fleet Town on July 19.
Last year’s skipper Dean Inman, along with Adam Everitt, Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz and Pat Cox, have all been back with United.
Babb is holding fire on making offers for players for two weeks as he looks to avoid a repeat of last season’s relegation by getting his recruitment spot on this time round.
He said: “I’m not looking to sign any players for at least a couple of weeks.
“I’m going to get my recruitment right this year and I’m not going to rush it. Waiting a couple of weeks gives me enough sessions to have a proper look at the players.
“We need to get the right players in and it has to be right for the club. Just because someone walks in the door this week doesn’t mean that a better player won’t walk through the same door next week. There’s no need to panic.
“As we go through the pre-season fixtures we will either add or subtract to the group. These next few weeks are about fitness. It really is just a couple of weeks of running your backside off.”
Meanwhile, Babb’s attempts to bring in a player-coach with Football League experience appears to have faltered after the two parties failed to find a suitable agreement.
Like Hayes & Yeading, Mark Burgess’s Northwood are also back in training ahead of the new Southern Division One Central season.
However, they return minus strikers Niko Muir and Karl Oliyide.
Boss Burgess said: “It was not good news, but it was expected, that Niko and Karl have left the club.
“They will be hard to replace as between them they scored over 50 goals.
"We thank them both for their service and wish them well – they both left on really good terms and have expressed their thanks to the supporters and club for the platform and support they received.
“Hopefully we can put a team together that can take us a step further in the league and we are definitely looking to be involved in the cups for a longer period than last year, when we suffered early exits.”
AFC Hayes boss Ian Crane has announced their pre-season fixture list, which starts at Mill End on July 12 and finishes at Chipstead on August 2 ahead of the start of the new Southern League campaign the following week.