Nathan Collins believes his Boston Town side are looking strong enough to challenge at the right end of the UCL Premier table this season.
The Poachers kick off their campaign on August 9 at AFC Kempston Rovers.
And after bringing in a handful of signings, Collins - who joined the club last season with his directive being to guide the club out of the relgation zone - is expecting a much better league position come the end of the campaign.
“I’m not expecting us to storm the league this year, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be a tough side to beat,” he told The Standard.
“Things are taking shape nicely and the lads are looking very lively.
“We’re in good shape and I think we’ll be there and ready when the league starts.
“Now we just need to find consistency and make sure some of the lads shake off little niggling injuries they’ve been carrying.”
Town have just one friendly - at Barton Town on Saturday (KO 3pm) - left to play.
This will be followed by a team bonding night out that evening - before the league kciks off seven days later.
Boss Collins has also given the thumbs up to Matt Kennedy, who has hit a good goalscoring run in pre-season, despite carrying a minor knock.
“Matty’s scored a few goals already, mainly from set pieces,” Collins added.
“But he can do that. I don’t care what sort of money other people are getting in this division, a fully fit Matt Kennedy is as good as anyone else in this division.”