After signing one-year contracts with the club yesterday, Jack Tuohy, Danny Byrnes and George Edmundson are raring to go ahead of the new season.
The youngsters, who helped win the Youth Alliance cup last season with the youth team, are hoping to continue the momentum from that into this campaign.
Tuohy, who captained the youth team last year, said: "We had a good year last year and hopefully we can move it onto the first team.
"Hopefully all three of us can break through into the first team and play regularly. I've been in the gym with Anthony White getting ready for the new season so I'm prepared."
Byrnes echoed his former captain's thoughts: "I am buzzing to get started," he admitted. "I feel I can offer something a bit different to the squad. I can add creativity and directness."
After initially being told he would not receive a professional contract, Edmundson revealed his delight at the change in decision.
"I'm speechless really," he said. "You work so hard since you were really young to be a footballer. That's your dream and to achieve it is unreal.
"To be told not to get one, I was down and wondered what to do next but to be told I got one after the performance against MK Dons is unreal.
"I was close to getting one originally but was told I wasn't really ready yet but with the new gaffer coming in, he watched the game and changed his mind so I owe him a lot.
"I also owe Adam Lockwood, who is no longer here, a lot as he fought my corner and Tony Philliskirk as well."
Watch the full interview on Latics Player.