Elliot Sandy firmly believes Kettering Town won’t just be making up the numbers in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division next season.
The frontman has agreed a deal, in principle, to stay at Latimer Park after hitting 16 goals during the Division One Central title success in the last campaign.
Gary Mulligan has also agreed terms with the Poppies and they will help form what looks like being a new-look squad under the leadership of Marcus Law.
Despite the changes in personnel, which has seen a number of the title-winning squad already leave, Sandy is in no doubt that Kettering will be strong next season.
And, despite plenty of talk about a season of consolidation, he believes the manager and the players will be setting their sights higher.
“I think one of the big questions any player asks is about what the club is aiming to do,” Sandy said.
“I play to win every game and I have enjoyed a successful time in the non-League game.
“At this level, there will always be a few teams who throw money at it.
“But Corby proved last season that if you just have the right manager and squad in place then you can go and win it.
“I don’t think anyone would see us as a surprise package but I think that with a new manager, a new team and the right blend of players, we will be looking to finish as high as possible.
“A club as big as Kettering would always expect to be challenging, although I know there has been plenty of talk about consolidation for next season.
“But managers and players would never settle for just that. I am sure we will be looking to push hard at the right end of the table.
Kettering, meanwhile, will be holding free trials for their ladies and girls teams next week.
Trials for the ladies teams will be staged on pitch two at Latimer Park between 6.30pm and 8.30pm and are open to those aged 16 and older.
The Poppies will have a development team in the East Midlands Division One South next season and a performance team in the Northamptonshire Women’s & Girls League.
The girls youth academy trials will also be held at Latimer Park a week on Saturday, June 27 between 11am and 12.30pm.
Youngsters aged between 10 and 15 are welcome to attend.
Anyone who would like to book a place for either trial can contact academy director Jason Thurland on 07969 864328 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org