Scott Garner believes Boston United are perfectly equipped for a promotion battle - following last season’s dress rehearsal.
The Pilgrims skipper is brimming with confidence ahead of the upcoming National League North campaign.
And he is tipping United to be challenging at the top of the pile.
“There are about eight teams who really fancy themselves, but last year was almost practice for this year,” said Garner, reflecting upon the club’s third-place finish and play-off penalty shootout defeat to Chorley.
“We look like we’re ready to mount a good challenge this year. We fancy ourselves.”
United returned to competitive football with Saturday’s Lincs Senior Cup quarter-final against Lincoln City.
The Red Imps progressed 4-1 on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes, but Garner relished the return of a physical tussle.
“I think we do enjoy it when someone gets a bit niggly as they play into our hands a little,” he added. “It’s enjoyable.
“I think we’re looking really strong and we’re ready to go.
“I feel fitter than ever. I’m really looking forward to this season, we’ll be strong.”