Scott Ruscoe is doing all he can to ensure his side is ready for a return to the pitch for their next competitive JD Cymru Premier fixture, whenever that may be.

Fixtures remain suspended for The New Saints and other sides in the league, with their next game set to take place on Saturday, February 6 should the nationwide lockdown be eased

In preparation, Ruscoe’s men have been back at training and competed in a friendly last week against Liverpool’s Under-23s team.

Ruscoe hopes his side may compete in another friendly or two before a return to competitive action.

He said: “We’re just going to continue preparing for the Bala match which is scheduled for February 6.

“For now we’re just ticking over and training, and we’re having a friendly here and there.

“If we can organise any other friendlies then we’re welcome to it.

“It has been vital for us really – training has been very good too.

“But there’s nothing like playing a proper, competitive game, and it is always nice to come up against opposition that we’re not used to playing against usually as well.

“It gives us an opportunity to work on some new things that we may not want to try out for the first time in a league game for example.

“It’s a good way to freshen things up.”

The game against Liverpool gave the Saints boss the chance to see a new addition to the team in action.

Adam Roscrow joined TNS last week for a club record transfer fee, and Ruscoe was impressed to see him fit into the team.

He said: “It was a good chance to see the side in action again.

“Adam had half a game for us – we made sure everyone had minutes through the afternoon. Keston Davies had some minutes after coming back.

“It was good to see Adam in the side and to introduce him to training this week – it’s been good.”

As well as the addition of Roscrow, Saints have held onto full-back Kwame Boateng who has signed a contract extension to remain at Park Hall until the end of the season.

And Billy Whitehouse has returned after a loan spell away from the club.

“Kwame has signed until the end of the season, so he’s with us until then,” Ruscoe said.

“Billy Whitehouse has come back because the league he was playing in has been stopped.

“He’s back in training with us now and he’s looking good and sharp.”

After the addition of Roscrow, Ruscoe said he can not rule out any other signings being made this transfer window, but insists he is pleased with how his squad looks.

He said: “I’d never say never, but at the moment we’re very happy with the squad we’ve got.

“In terms of technically and stamina and all sorts.

“I don’t think we need anything at this moment because we’ve got a very good squad, and when everyone is back to full fitness, it’s going to mean headaches for me because I’ve got a strong squad of over 20 players.”