George Rolls believes there is a renewed buzz around Kettering Town.
And the Poppies chief is hoping a good start to the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign will see crowds flock back to Nene Park.
Rolls is continuing his search for a new permanent manager with former Cambridge United boss John Beck and ex-Worcester City chief Richard Dryden being the frontrunners for the position.
But Kettering’s future still rests on a three-year Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) being passed by the club’s creditors in a meeting on June 15.
Should that happen, the Poppies should have their place in next season’s Southern League confirmed at the annual meeting on the following day.
But Rolls is already looking ahead to the new season as he targets crowds of at least 700 for home matches – a figure that would comfortably be the highest in the division.
“We have had it confirmed by the Football Association that we will be in step three football so that is what we are preparing for,” Rolls said.
“I believe there is a new buzz around the club.
“I am feeling confident about the future, despite the measures we have had to take and I believe the supporters understand.
“They are with us for this and hopefully that will show in the crowds.
“If we can get a winning start to the season then I believe the fans will be back down at Nene Park in large numbers.”
Rolls, meanwhile, believes the creditors meeting on June 15 will bring the club the result it needs to continue.
“We have the meeting set up for that day and I am confident about it,” he added.
“The appropriate procedures have been completed and once that day is done, we will be able to move forward.”