Ben Chenery takes his Bury Town side into the new season tomorrow confident his summer business has addressed their defensive Achilles heel from 2015/16.
All of the four new additions can play in the back five and the Blues chief believes it bodes well for bettering the 13th place finish from their first campaign back in Ryman League Division One North, following relegation in 2014/15.
But while they will be targeting a run to the top five and a play-off place, he admits there will be teams with more financial clout challenging them and a predominantly young side is still progressing towards reaching their full potential.
“The aim is to improve on where we were last season,” he said, ahead of hosting Waltham Abbey, who finished just outside the relegation zone last season (21st) tomorrow (3pm) before travelling to Witham Town, another side who struggled last term (19th), on Tuesday (7.45pm).
“I was mindful we needed to improve defensively as a team and I have brought in some strong defenders and players that are defensively minded.
“We will be better for the experience of last year and have added to the squad to make it a very capable one.
“While I am ambitious and want to push for the play-offs we are a club who have been restructuring and looking to develop players.
“The likes of Tevan Allen and Noel Aitkens are a year older now and we also have Kryan Clements and if we can keep this group together it can be a year we look forward to.”
He added: “We are one of those clubs digging around the top 10 and if we get a good run going we can try and sneak in there (the play-offs).”
The Blues have retained the majority of the squad from last season, with Connor Hall (Biggleswade Town) the main departure, while they have brought in goalkeeper Dan Heath from Newmarket Town, young defender Kyran Clements on a season-long loan from AFC Sudbury, as well as Norwich United’s Thurlow Nunn League title-winning left-back Andrew Cusack and Tom Debenham, who can play defence or midfield, following a USA football scholarship.
There is no deal for former Mildenhall Town winger Kelvin Enaro at this stage though, with Chenery saying he will remain on trial for the next few weeks.