Carl Piergianni hopes that competition for places will bring the best out of the Boston United defence.
He is currently one of three central defenders the club believe they will have in place for next season, with Nathan Stainfield and Tom Ward both being offered deals and showing a desire to remain at the Jakemans Stadium.
“If we can build a good relationship as three centre halves then we will have some healthy competition,” said Piergianni, who is taking nothing for granted.
“I played against Boston last season and know they are both really good players.
“It will be a tough task to break into the starting line-up.
“But I’m looking forward to trying.”
After last season’s Blue Square Bet North campaign - where the Pilgrims finished 16th, having shipped 73 league goals - many onlookers thought manager Dennis Greene would be making an experienced centre back one of his first summer signings.
But his first defensive signing was the 21-year-old.
Having played with Peterborough United, Stockport County, Altrincham and Corby Town, Piergianni has plenty of experience for a young player.
but alongside Ward, 22, and 24-year-old Stainfield - plus 20-year-old right back Conor Marshall - the back four still lacks an older head.
However, Piergianni is just looking forward to the start of the 2013-14 Conference North campaign.
He added: “Personally, I don’t know any of the Boston players yet.
“All I can do is just be myself and give everything I can to the team.”