On the eve of the new National League season, Micky Mellon has his eyes firmly on one thing; lifting the title.
Tranmere kick off their quest for success at Torquay tomorrow – and for some supporters, nothing less will do.
A recent social media poll found 76% of fans are confident Rovers can win the division this season.
Their optimism is backed by the bookies, who make the Super White Army as short as 5/4 to claim the prize following May’s play-off final heart-break at Wembley.
It easy to see why they have been installed as favourites to finish top of the pile.
Despite losing Michael Ihiekwe and Cole Stockton to Rotherham and Hearts, their summer recruitment has been good.
Jack Dunn has made his loan switch from Liverpool a permanent move, whilst Jay McEveley (Ross County), James Alibi (Chester) and Ollie Norburn (Macclesfield) have also joined.
They add to a squad already brimming with talent and goals.
Andy Cook and James Norwood scored nearly 40 between them last season, thriving off the supply line from Liam Ridehalgh on the left.
Ben Tollitt will be like a new signing when he returns from a knee injury, whilst Jay Harris and Jeff Hughes are among the best midfielders in the division.
Mellon knows he has a strong squad, and is confident he can guide the club back to where they belong.
“It’s always been a tough league,” he said. “But we know that we can be very competitive in it.
“We have high expectations of ourselves and are looking forward to getting going now.
“We’ve worked hard. We’re ready to go. There’s no excuses. We’re as fit as what we can be at this time.
“Of course the games will get them fitter because there’s no substitute for actual first team matches, so they won’t really be flying until October.
“But certainly all of them are where we want them to be.
“We’ve added good players to that group to replace the ones who have left.
“We believe we’ve brought back in good quality players who will help continue to move the club forward. The evidence so far is very, very good.”
This is Tranmere’s third year in the National League, and they know that is a long time. If you look around the division, it is littered with sides who are struggling to restore themselves to former glories.
The likes of Aldershot and Dagenham have all played higher up the pyramid in the not too distant past.
But after a decade in the National League, local rivals Wrexham show that once you tumble down, it is tough to bounce back up. You soon become part of the furniture.
Tranmere can take some positivity from May’s play-off final in that the last two teams to lose the game have won promotion twelve months later; Forest Green and Grimsby.
Micky Mellon is vowing to use the pain of that 3-1 defeat to his advantage over the course of the season.
“We know what it felt like and how tough the summer was following the Forest Green game,” he continued.
“We were able to recover together and work together and if we need to refer back to that at anytime to try and get results for the club, we’ll psychologically turn that around.
“We’re determined that we’re going to go one further this time.
“Since I came in, it was all about trying to add to the great work that Gary Brabin had done, first of all in stopping it’s demise and then moving it forward.
“I was able to pick up from there and add my little bit of spin to it.
“There’s been a lot of change. Tranmere’s a very different place all the time. We’re building on that.”