Boston United will begin the National League North campaign as underdogs, says Herve Pepe-Ngoma.
The German ballwinner is one of 12 summer arrivals at the Jakemans Stadium.
And because this newly-asembled squad is yet to prove itself, the 20-year-old believes they will not be amongst everyone’s pick for promotion.
“We’re a new team, so people may see Boston as underdogs, even though they made the play-offs last year” said Pepe-Ngoma, suggesting that being an unknown quantity may actually work in the Pilgrims’ favour.
“Hopefully, we can catch a few people out. The squad is gelling well together.”
After reaching the play-offs for the past two seasons, Boston would normally offer some of the shortest odds at the beginning of the campaign.
But with a summer exodus including 11 members of the squad eligible to compete in the play-offs last season moving on, Dennis Greene has had to rebuild his team.
But former Leicester City youngster Pepe-Ngoma is confident United can ruffle a few feathers, despite what he sees as a more competitive league following investment from rivals.
“I’m buzzing for the season to start, it’s going to be really competitive,” he added.
“A lot of clubs are putting the money in to try to get into the Conference Premier, and then the league.
“That makes this league like the Conference Premier was, due to the teams in here and the players they’re bringing in.”