Steve Kinniburgh believes Corby Town are reaping the benefits of the work done during the summer.
The Steelmen have made a flying start to the new season and are unbeaten after five games in the Evo-Stik League South Division One Central.
They have reached the third qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup, in which they take on Vanarama National League North side Stockport County at Edgeley Park on Saturday and, last weekend, they saw off fellow league high-flyers Bromsgrove Rovers with a 3-1 success in the extra preliminary round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.
The only blot on the copybook so far was when a much-changed side was beaten by Peterborough Sports in the preliminary round of the Southern League Challenge Cup.
It’s a start that Kinniburgh, in his first full season as manager, would have dreamed of but he firmly believes it has been well earned.
“I think that if you look at the big picture and you look at the last few months, we have managed to organise a lot of things off the pitch,” the Steelmen boss said.
“We managed to get a settled squad sorted out quickly in the summer and we got pretty much everyone on the training pitch right from day one of pre-season.
“I think all that work we have put in is really showing on the pitch now.
“To go to Bromsgrove and pick up a fairly comfortable victory is a sign of where we are.
“And I am even more encouraged because I don’t think we are the finished article.
“I think we still have another gear, we have a young squad and they will certainly improve as the season progresses.”