Whitby Town captain Mark Robinson says he has never been so filled with anticipation heading into a new season.
The 34-year-old, whose CV includes stays at Hartlepool, Torquay and York, has had his appetite whet by what he describes as an excellent pre-season.
And Robinson has set his sights high for the new campaign, despite the bookies giving them long odds of 50-1 for promotion from the Evo-Stik Premier.
“This is my 15th season in the game and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited,” said the defender.
“Everything is coming together and there is a real buzz about the place at the moment.
“Things just feel good at Whitby Town, we have splashed a bit of cash and we have started to play football again.”
The Blues will have already started to turn a few heads with their performances in pre-season, the pinnacle of those displays coming against Darlington and League One side Bradford City.
Robinson added: “Darren played his cards close to his chest in that game, but we still ruffled some feathers.
“In parts we destroyed them with some really good football.
“If you were a neutral at the Bradford game you might not have been able to tell which team played in the Football League.
“We just need to carry that on now when the season gets underway.
“If you look at our side now, and we get a few results early on, then who knows what can happen.
“It is all about being in that top 10 at Christmas and having the points under your belt when you get that inevitable bad run.
“I’ll be disappointed if we are not in the play-offs, that is definitely where we need to be looking this season.”
Whitby boss Darren Williams looks to have signed well during their preparatory work, a statement echoed by Robinson.
He has been impressed with the striking power the club now holds, as well as the defensive capabilities of Kieran Weledji.
He added: “We are creating chances for fun, Mikey Roberts, Matty Waters and James Bown all look a threat.
“The fact that Kieran wanted to join us also shows our ambition and where we want to go.
“Players want to be a part of what is being created, we are bringing in players that actually want to play.
“We have high expectations for this season, especially in the dressing room. The lads are all buzzing.