CITY need to be fully prepared for the "grit and fire" of League Two, according to striker Clayton Donaldson.

The 35-year-old free transfer signing already has experience of English football's fourth tier having been the division’s leading scorer for Crewe with 28 strikes in 43 games in 2010-11.

He hopes to pass on that know-how as Gary Bowyer’s squad roll their sleeves up for the battle ahead.

Donaldson said: "I believe we are a sleeping giant. We have the capabilities to move higher up the leagues.

"The last time I played in League Two was for Crewe about seven years ago. I'm no stranger to the league, I know what it's all about.

"It is nothing like the Championship. I'm already prepared and I know what we're building up for.

“There are different battles to get used to. It can be a challenge for young players, you don't know what's hit you. I have been there, done that. I can pass on my experience to younger players.

"It's not an easy league to get out of, you need plenty of grit and fire. It's going to be tough, it's going to be a fight.

"One of the major factors is keeping everyone fit. That can give you a chance. That's massive. Hopefully we will get used to the league early."

City kick off their pre-season programme at Guiseley tomorrow and Donaldson believes the seven warm-up games, which includes the glamour friendly against Liverpool a week on Sunday, will prepare them for the physical battle which lies ahead.

He added: "We are playing teams in pre-season that are rough and rugged.

"It's going to be very physical. That will give us a good test. We will see how we can cope with that.

"Everyone has to be ready for the fight. Some games are not going to be pretty.

"Salford City are many people's favourites, but we've seen in the past that doesn't always been they will go up.

"It will be down to a team that starts well. You need to get the first five games under your belt and then carry that on.

“You want a good start with everyone fit and try to keep that momentum. It is about that will and desire.”