Paddy Boyle reckons the League Cup group stage is the perfect platform for Peterhead to build momentum ahead of the league campaign.
The Blue Toon start against Brechin at Glebe Park on Saturday.
In the group stage they will also face Championship outfit Dunfermline, Premiership side Dundee and League Two rivals Stirling Albion.
The Buchan club’s main aim for the season is to gain promotion to League One and Boyle – who signed with the Balmoor outfit this summer – believes they can spring a few surprises in the cup and build momentum going into the league campaign.
He said: “We’ll be going in looking to win every game.
“It’s no secret that we’re looking to be promoted this season so the earlier you can start winning games, the better. So hopefully we can take some good form into the league.
“There’s a good squad and there are players in our squad who are capable of playing higher.
“Brechin first will be a tough game and we’ll hope to go there and win.
“Then you’ve got Dunfermline and they’re a team who are looking to win the Championship.
“But, fingers crossed, we can cause some upsets.
“I think the way the League Cup is structured makes it difficult for lower league sides to progress.
“You go in and want to win every game but you’ve got to be realistic.
“If you win your first couple of games, the manager might stick with the same team.
“But if you lose the first couple then the team might change to give everybody some game time.”
Meanwhile, manager Jim McInally is still trying to find a reserve goalkeeper ahead of the new season.
With Greg Fleming established as Peterhead’s number one between the sticks, McInally has had difficulty attracting someone who is willing to be a back-up.
The Blue Toon boss is also considering offering short-term contracts to defender Callum Home and attacker Hashim Bakar.
The pair played as trialists in the Buchan side’s friendlies against Fraserburgh and Inverurie Locos at the weekend.
McInally wants to see more of them in action but with trialists not allowed to play in the League Cup, he is considering offering them a month-long contract to give them time to impress him further.