Notts County manager Ricardo Moniz has hoped to combine youth and experience after making 18 signings this summer.
Moniz told BBC Radio Nottingham: "The club signed players which we could find, we were very busy.
"First you look to youth, and to combine English talents, what we have now, with experience from Civard Sprockel, Jon Stead, Julian Jenner, Stanley Aborah to get promoted.
"At the same time you develop a few English players from a young age."
Sprockel, a 32-year-old defender, signed a one-year contract with the club this week.
Speaking of Sprockel, Moniz said: "I've known him since he was a kid, he was in the Feyenoord team with Robin van Persie.
"Van Persie reached the top and some players did not, he still has that revenge feeling even though he is 32 years old," Moniz explained.
"He is a defender that we missed last year, as you know in the last four weeks of the season almost every set piece was a goal, especially the last goal against Gillingham."
Moniz's team start their League Two campaign away at Stevenage this Saturday.
"The first time I select them is on human qualities, as leaders and a leader, for me, is a social person who shares his talent with others.
"That's important for me and from there it's about helping each other."