Netan Sansara believes Boston United have the ability to challenge at the top of the table.
The left back arrived at York Street in the summer, and swiftly expressed his belief that the Pilgrims had a squad capable of finishing in the Skrill North’s top five.
United may have lost their last league match - a 3-2 home defeat to Bradford Park Avenue - but Sansara is backing the side to bounce back as Barrow are the visitors on Saturday (KO 3pm).
“We have ambitions to go up,” Sansara told The Standard.
“But looking at it, we can do better than the team did last year.
“The gaffer’s brought new people in and there’s been improvement.
“We can only take each game as it comes and see how it goes.”
Barrow and United have a fierce rivalry from their days competing in the old Northern Premier League.
However, the Cumbrians haven’t played in Boston since September, 2007.
On that occasion, an own goal from Dave Bayliss - the Bluebirds’ current manager - and a strike from Kieran Leabon earned Boston a 2-1 victory.
After being relegated from the Conference Premier last season, Barrow were among the favourites for the title at the beginning of the season.
But they currently sit 14th in the table, having won two - against Harrogate Town and Histon - and drawn three of their nine matches.
On Saturday, the Bluebirds beat Ramsbottom United in the FA Cup.
Former Pilgrim Greg Mills is on Barrow’s books.
After beginning pre-season with Boston, the winger switched to Barrow due to taking up a new job in the north west of the country.