Peterhead new boy David McCracken is hoping for more cup success at Balmoor this season.
McCracken is one of a raft of summer signings as Blue Toon boss Jim McInally overhauls the squad that was relegated to League Two last season.
While promotion straight back to League One is the main target for the new campaign, a good run in the Betfred Cup would be welcomed in Buchan.
McInally’s side start the League Cup group stage with a home match against League One East Fife on Saturday.
Games against Championship Dunfermline, Premiership Hearts and fellow League Two outfit Elgin City follow in the coming weeks.
Peterhead have become cup specialists in recent years.
Last season they qualified for the knock-out stages of the League Cup after winning a group containing Dundee, Dumbarton, Forfar Athletic and Saturday’s opponents East Fife.
In the 2015/16 season the Blue Toon had a glorious run to the final of the Challenge Cup where they faced Rangers at Hampden.
And McCracken, who signed on at Balmoor after his playing contract at Championship side Falkirk expired, wants the cup success to continue.
He said: “It is a short turnaround in the close season but the League Cup will be a really good test for us in some of the games. You are still building up your fitness but they will be a step up from just playing friendlies at this stage of the season.
“East Fife are a league above, and playing against teams higher up the pyramid is something you want to do.
“It will be a challenge because we still haven’t got a settled side but I’m sure that will come. There’s no reason why the cup success of recent seasons can’t happen again if we work hard.”
McCracken was one of manager McInally’s key signing targets.
The veteran centre-back stopped playing for Falkirk at the end of last season. But he continues to be employed by the Bairns as a fitness coach in their youth set-up. The role suits McCracken and Peterhead well and he added: “I changed roles at Falkirk at the end of the season and I’ve got a new full-time job there.
“It is good to still be in a football environment.
“And with what I’m doing I can keep fit, so I’m very fortunate to be able to do that as it will help my football.”