Stars are ready to reveal full line-up

King's Lynn Stars will reveal the final pieces in their team jigsaw tonight -– with manager Rob Lyon insisting that reaching the Elite League play-offs is a must.

The Stars have named five of next season's contingent, with the emphasis on strength in depth. The rest will be named at a fans' forum meeting at King's Lynn FC's Walks ground tonight.

And while Lyon is giving nothing away, he admits there is only one target – repeating last season's achievement of reaching the play-off spots, and then taking their chances in the knockout format.

'That's what we have to aim for,' he said. 'Having come in as newcomers last season, with Birmingham, I think we did well to finish third. It was a competitive league – all right, Poole ran away with it in the end. They steamrolled us in the play-off semi-finals and they did the same to Eastbourne in the final.

But that is what we have to be setting our sights on. After that, it's a case of grabbing the opportunity.'

Lynn's pursuit of Nicki Pedersen to spearhead the challenge fell through, but the emphasis has been on quality all the way down the line, with Niels-Kristian Iversen, Mads Korneliussen, Kozza Smith, David Howe and Kevin Wolbert already signed up for 2012.

'I think it is important we go for strength in depth so the actual team is strong enough to cope with what we will face,' said Lyon.

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'I would like to think the supporters will be suitably happy with what is announced for the rest of the team and will see that we will be competitive again.

'It has been a tough job putting together a very competitive team but now we have got it I think we have to first and foremost get into the play-offs – from then on it is anybody's game.'

The quest for the play-offs will begin on March 28 with a mouth-watering home match against runners-up Eastbourne, followed by a return clash on April 2, in front of the Sky TV cameras.

'It's a good start for both teams, but don't ask me which way it will go,' added Lyon.

'The time for predictions may be halfway through the season, but needless to say I think it is going to be another exciting season.'

The Stars will have only one home and away fixture against Poole, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Lakeside next season, leaving the remaining five clubs – Peterborough, Swindon, Belle Vue, Eastbourne and Coventry– to face the Stars home and away twice for a total of 28 fixtures in the season.

On Good Friday, April 6, Lynn take on close rivals Peterborough in a double header.

The morning fixture (11am) will take place at the East of England Showground with the return fixture at 5.30pm at the Norfolk Arena.

• NEXT SEASON'S ELITE LEAGUE FIXTURES

• MARCH

28: Eastbourne (h)

• APRIL

2: Eastbourne (a, Sky TV)

6: Peterborough (a, 11am)

6: Peterborough (h, 5.30pm)

12: Swindon (a)

13: Coventry (a)

18: Belle Vue (h)

23: Wolverhampton (a)

25: Swindon (h)

30: Belle Vue (a)

• MAY

9: Coventry (h)

23: Wolverhampton (h)

• JUNE

6: Birmingham (h)

7: Birmingham (a)

13: Poole (a)

15: Coventry (a)

20: Lakeside (h)

22: Lakeside (a)

29: Poole (h)

• JULY

18: Eastbourne (h)

26: Swindon (a)

• AUGUST

1: Peterborough (h)

15: Belle Vue (h)

20: Belle Vue (a)

23: Peterborough (a)

26: Eastbourne (a)

29: Swindon (h)

• SEPTEMBER

12: Coventry (h)