Conor Marshall believes that Boston United have all the ingredients to earn promotion to the Conference Premier.
The Pilgrims took their Skrill North play-off bid to the wire last season, before results on the final day of the campaign saw Guiseley claim fifth spot.
However, Marshall remains encouraged by what he saw from the United squad, and he expects the club to improve next season.
“I don’t see any reason why we can’t do well next season,” he told The Standard.
“We came so close last season. We nearly made the play-offs, and it was quite hard to take that we didn’t when you look back at how we were playing.
“Like a lot of clubs, we want to win the league.
“But if that doesn’t happen I don’t see why we can’t finish in the play-offs this season.”
Marshall, like the majority of the 2013-14 squad who ended the campaign on the club’s books, has pledged his immediate future to the York Street club.
And he believes that the Pilgrims’ core of hungry young players - added to by a handful of new signings - can only see United improve.
“We’ve got a good side here, we proved that last season,” Marshall added.
“With a few new additions I don’t see why we can’t get better.”
The 21-year-old missed the final seven games of last season after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket.
He is now recovered and back to full fitness.