Paddy Boyle believes Peterhead are good enough to win League Two next season – just from looking at their squad.
The former Ayr United left-back has joined the Blue Toon this summer and the 31-year-old believes with the calibre of players at Balmoor, the Buchan team should be aiming to win the title.
Last season Jim McInally’s men just missed out on promotion.
They were pipped to the title by Montrose by one point and then were beaten 2-1 by Stenhousemuir in the play-off final.
But with the likes of Rory McAllister, Willie Gibson, Jamie Stevenson, Simon Ferry and Scott Brown in the Peterhead squad, Boyle believes they are good enough to go up next campaign.
He said: “A lot of the players from last season are staying. “They were so close so you would imagine if they can recharge themselves and go again that we will be close again. “I’ve played with and against plenty of them over the years and there are good players at the club.
“If the manager keeps who he wants and then adds some players to them, we have the makings of a good squad for the level we are at.
“There is a core of players signed already.
“A lot of those players could play up one or even two leagues but they know they have a good thing at Peterhead.
“Players of that calibre, at the level we are at, means we should have a good chance of achieving something and that’s what we’re hoping to do.
“I think they were unlucky last year to lose the league by a point and then lose the play-off final by one goal. “It will have been a tough one for people at the club to take. “There are other good teams in the league like Clyde, who finished strongly last season, and it will be difficult. “But the reality is at Peterhead with the players we’ve got, we’ve got to be looking to win things.”
Meanwhile, Blue Toon boss McInally hopes to find out whether Andrew Macrae will be joining the club in the next few days.
Peterhead have shown interest in the 20-year-old who was released by Inverness Caley Thistle.
However, Championship side Dunfermline have offered Macrae a trial which could lead to a full-time contract.
The attacker has been on holiday and has been mulling over his options and McInally hopes to discover his decision soon.