New signing Ro-Shaun Williams (centre) stretches alongside Louis Jones and Lirak Hasani
New signings Ben Close Ro-Shaun Williams, Kyle Knoyle and the returning Tommy Rowe were present alongside those remaining from last season as the group were put through their paces in preparation for the new campaign.
And Wellens stuck to his word that footballs would be used from the start at Cantley Park.
Here, we take a look at some of the shots from the first day of pre-season.
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New Rovers boss Richie Wellens puts his players through their paces
Tom Anderson leads the line in a fitness drill
New signing Kyle Knoyle works the ball
Rovers assistant boss Noel Hunt works with the squad for the first time
Goalkeeper Louis Jones does some handling work
Rovers assistant boss Noel Hunt tussles with striker Omar Bogle
Goalkeeper coach Paul Gerrard
Tommy Rowe works his impressive thighs on the first day of pre-season
Young defender Ben Blythe shares a laugh with team mates
James Coppinger may have only just retired from playing but he was back at Cantley Park for the first day of pre-season
New signing Ben Close works with his team mates for the first time
Fresh from extending his Rovers stay, Lirak Hasani gets on the ball at Cantley Park
Charlie Seaman will be pushing for first team football this season
Rovers skipper Tom Anderson
Tommy Rowe is back at Cantley Park two years on from his Rovers departure