Carl Piergianni hopes Boston United can begin their National League North campaign by showing their rivals a clean pair of heels.
The Pilgrims began last season by setting their stall out early, recording three consecutive victories.
But the defender believes the club is now in an even better position to begin the season with a strong points total.
“It’s the first time since I’ve been at the club that you could look around and feel we had a full-strength team in pre-season,” Piergianni said.
“Everyone there knows each other and we have a good spirit.
“We want to start this season well, we’ve got a great squad and everyone knows they’re in it together - and that’s a massive positive.
“We started well last year and won the first three games, but after that we didn’t really kick on.
“If we can hit the ground running then we won’t need to look back.”
United ended last season with a run of 12 unbeaten contests.
Piergianni says that sequence still plays on the squad’s mind, and that they are desperate to keep the streak alive for as long as possible.
“We want to keep that run going as long as possible, and I think we’ve got a really good chance to crack on,” he added.
“The team is already in place and I’m really looking forward to starting the season.”
The centre back (pictured) is also vowing to contribute more goals to the club’s tally this campaign.
The last two seasons have seen Piergianni lose a £20 bet with club captain Scott Garner, the wager revolving around who can get their name on the scoresheet the most.
Last season, Garner’s seven goals bettered Piergianni’s five, and 12 months earlier the skipper’s tally of eight again saw him take the cash from his five-goal teammate.
“It annoyed me,” Piergianni confessed.
“I’ve got to work even harder this year because last season I had chances to score more goals.
“I hit the post and put headers wide while he kept getting lucky goals with the ball falling to him a few yards out.
“I can’t believe he’s beaten me two years in a row now, it’s not right.
“I’m definitely getting my money back. It’ horrible giving Garns my money.”