Forest Green are set to make an immediate return to the scene of their historic promotion to League One.

Rovers secured a place in the third tier thanks to a goalless draw at the Memorial Stadium on April 23.

And they will face Bristol Rovers, who were themselves promoted after a stunning 7-0 win on the final day of the season, again on the opening day of the new campaign.

The season starts on July 30, with Forest Green’s first home match against Ipswich a week later.

Rovers will then host League Two side Leyton Orient in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

A trip to MK Dons awaits on Boxing Day, while Rovers will finish their campaign at Cambridge on May 7.

With just a month to go until the season starts, new head coach Ian Burchnall has continued to bolster his squad.

Former Premier League midfielder David Davis has joined the club.

The 31-year-old heads to The New Lawn after spending last season with fellow third-tier side Shrewsbury Town. He previously played for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City.

On making the move, Davis said: “I got injured towards the end of last season, so now to have the all clear and be raring to go - I can’t wait to get started.”

Ian Burchnall, Head Coach, added: “David is a player who brings lots of experience. He is a midfielder who can command the game physically and is a genuine leader on the pitch.

“It’s great to bring in a player of his quality and his knowledge will be crucial to the team this season.”

Left-wing back Harry Boyes has also joined the squad.

The 20-year-old joins Rovers on-loan from Sheffield United until the end of the season.

Boyes enjoyed a loan spell with National League play-off finalists Solihull Moors last term, making 36 appearances in all competitions for Neal Ardley’s side and he also featured in the National League Team of the Season.

Boyes said: “I am absolutely buzzing to be here. It’s my first opportunity to play in the EFL, which will be a great new challenge.

“I was in the National League with Solihull last season and we did very well. I know Ian quite well too after playing against his sides a few times and his style of play suits me so I’m looking forward to that.”

Ian Burchnall added: “I am really happy to get Harry on-board. He was a stand-out player in the team of the season last year and he has an outstanding year with Solihull.

“Sheffield United rate him really highly and this is the next step in his development. We feel that he’s more than capable of making the step up, he can add a lot to the quality of the team, great on the ball and technically a very gifted player”

Boyes’ arrival at the club would appear to signal that Nicky Cadden will be departing.

The Scotsman has been offered a new deal to keep him at the New Lawn, but seems likely to join the likes of Kane Wilson, Dan Sweeney and Ebou Adams in seeking a playing opportunity elsewhere.