CHAIRWOMAN Thea Bristow wants to bring 'new blood and new investment' onto the Torquay United board as she seeks to keep the Gulls' drive to achieve League One status on track.
Bristow (pictured right), United's main backer and the only woman chair in the Football League, is about to start her first full season at the Plainmoor helm.
Money is extremely tight at United, as it is at most lower division clubs at the end of the summer, and that fact was emphasised to staff at a meeting with club officials this week.
The widow of Paul Bristow, the Lottery winner who bankrolled United's recovery from relegation in 2007 and their revival over the last six years, remains the Gulls' key financial backer.
And she is committed to pursuing Paul's dream of making United a League One club and establishing them there.
But she stressed: "I am not a bottomless pit, and I do not want to be our only benefactor. So we need some new faces, ideas and investment.
"It has been thought about at board level, and we are actively seeking new people to come on board and help us.
"To progress, the club needs new blood and new money."
Bristow looked forward to the 2013-2014 season under new manager Alan Knill and said: "I am always optimistic, and I am up and ready for an exciting and challenging season.
"Alan and everyone at Plainmoor are working very hard, and if we do well, I'm sure people's expectations will go up. My attitude is very much – let's see how we go and cross bridges when we get to them. And if we find ourselves in a good position, then why not go for it?"