Galway FC boss Tommy Dunne admits he is playing catch-up as the new club prepares for its first season.
The club, formally launched on Monday, has applied to participate in the Airtricity League First Division, which begins in March.
But for the moment the former Cork City manager’s task is to form a squad to compete in the second tier of Irish soccer.
He said: “I intend to contact around 30 players. I want to get them in and get them on off season programmes so that we can tick that box. It has been a really busy week since I came in.
“I've been trying to establish a possible squad that will be around up until the end of pre-season. Then we might try to whittle it down a little bit more.
“I am not saying all 30 players will be in the group come the start of the season, but we have to get them in to put them on those
“They are probably a week or two behind other clubs so we have to implement that as quickly as we can.
"Then I suppose it is a case of looking at backroom staff and other things in general. Mid-January we plan to be back and ready to go.”