TOWN season-ticket sales are set to smash through the 10,000 barrier, with chief executive Nigel Clibbens declaring: “We’re working flat out to create a club our supporters will be proud of.”

Early-bird prices apply until 5.00 on Monday – the Galpharm ticket office is open from 9.00-12.00 today – and seats are still available in the Antich and Direct Golf UK Stands.

Excluding this season’s one-off centenary offer, when 16,265 were snapped up, the 9,600 already sold is a stadium record and the highest since Town’s last spell in the top flight in the early seventies.

It’s a reflection of hope for a genuine League I promotion push under Lee Clark and the fact that Town remain one of the cheapest clubs in the country to watch.

“We’re absolutely delighted by the level of sales and see it as a clear message that the supporters are buying into what we’re trying to do here,” said Clibbens.

“If you take the campaign just finished out of the equation, and given the special price for a season-ticket that seems fair enough, sales are already up 40%.

“And the number of Under 13s has risen by 50%, which is fantastic news as we look to build a fanbase for the future.

“There’s certainly an air of optimism and anticipation, and we’re ready to live up to it.”

Town have already recruited Tranmere midfielder Antony Kay – he will make a personal appearance at the stadium superstore at 12.00 tomorrow as part of the new away kit launch which runs from 11.00-3.00 – and Clibbens said more signings are in the pipeline.

“Lee Clark is working hard to add to the quality of the squad while we are also trying to move some existing players on.”

One of the latter group is striker Keigan Parker, who has been training with Kilmarnock.

“We haven’t heard anything back as yet, we’re not reading anything into that given their season has only just finished,” explained Clibbens.

l Accrington Stanley have been issued with a winding-up order by HM Revenue and Customs over unpaid debts but say they remain hopeful of surviving.

l Kay on Town move – Page 41.