Tommy Wright firmly believes his Corby Town side are capable of causing a surprise or two in the Vanarama National League North this season.
The Steelmen head into the new campaign with plenty of momentum following their dramatic final-day title success in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division back in April.
Corby kick-off the new season with a trip to fellow new boys Curzon Ashton tomorrow (Saturday).
And while Wright believes the club’s supporters will accept a top-half finish in their first season back in the second tier of non-League football, he feels his players are capable of more.
“I am excited about it and the boys are as well,” Wright said as he looked ahead to the opening fixture, which is followed by the first home game of the campaign against Gloucester City at Steel Park next Wednesday.
“Playing all the friendlies is great but to hear the lads saying they are ready for the real thing is music to my ears.
“We trained on Monday and I wanted to keep it fairly low key and relaxed. But when I put the ball down for them, they went at it at 100mph.
“They are confident and they won’t be going up there to try to nick a point or anything like that. They will be going up there looking to win the game.
“From the fans’ perspective I would guess a top-half finish would represent a good season for us.
“But I am a bit more ambitious than that and if we can get off to a good start then I think we are capable of surprising a few.
“I don’t see us struggling at the bottom end of the table and I would be very disappointed if that happens.”