Formartine manager Kris Hunter expects Inverurie Loco Works to be one of the Highland League’s top teams again this season.
The two sides clash at Harlaw Park in the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup tonight.
Both clubs are used to be around the top end of the table albeit with very different philosophies.
Formartine have added proven quality in Conor Gethins, Scott Ferries and Derek Young to the side that finished second in the Highland League last season.
Boss Hunter has looked to strengthen his squad to compete on multiple fronts.
And he wants to win as much as possible – starting with the Aberdeenshire Cup.
Hunter said: “We’ve got a number of targets this season, first and foremost you want to try and win the league and hopefully do well in the cups along the way.
“Every competition we enter we want to win, it’s hard for us, there will be a lot of tough games for us.”
Hunter also named Locos as one of the teams he sees as a possible Highland League title challenger.
The club yesterday announced the signings of ex-Aberdeen academy players Liam Morrison and Lewis Wilson as well as promoting three youngsters to the first team squad.
Co-manager Scott Buchan revealed they would all be in the squad tonight.
He said: “A few are coming from junior football and they will be in the squad.
“We will look at how they do and see how involved they should be with the first-team squad.”
Buchan insisted the team have set no specific targets for the season beyond looking to win each game they play.
He acknowledged Formartine will be tough opponents – but added the scheduling of the competition was the bigger issue.
He said: “It will be a difficult game, we have only known about it for a couple of weeks.
“We had to cancel a game we had planned earlier on the week and we had to change training.”