Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray believes his side has the ingredients needed to be a success in League Two this season.
Stags kick off their campaign at home to Carlisle United with optimism high that they can improve on last season’s lowly 21st place finish.
Murray has added 13 new players to his ranks with Confernece title-winning hero Matt Green headlining the players coming into the One Call Stadium during the summer.
“We have gelled quickly over pre-season and we are a little ahead of schedule,” said Murray.
“We have got a bunch of players who have an unbelievable desire to achieve for Manfield Town, which is why we signed them.
“I’ve said before, I sign good people and with that comes a professionalism and focus and the drive as an individual to win.
“If you look at most of our group, most of the players have all won something, have been promoted and achieved something in their career.
“We are just getting going, we have had a lot of movement with 13 new players in and the more games we have the better and stronger we will become, it’s going to be a gradual process.
“I have a goal in mind of where I want to take this place and where I want to go personally and we have only just started. We need to make sure we hit the ground running.
“I have been here a long time and this is the best atmosphere because people are looking at things realistically. People are understanding that this is a tough league and there are some big teams in the league.
“There is an optimism, balanced with realism, and I like it. I don’t think people are getting carried away.”
Stags have enjoyed a solid pre-season, which featured two 1-1 draws with Leicester City and MK Dons.
And Murray believes that his side will benefit from a tough pre-season and are fully prepared for the challenges ahead.
He added: “We have got a tricky few weeks with three away games in a row and we go straight into a local derby in our first away game, which will be a big one.
“We go straight into a test and we will make sure we are prepared for it. We want to go out and win on Saturday and we want to put our game onto Carlisle and make sure they come to this arena and know that they have been in a game.
“We want an atmosphere here that is intense and makes it a real difficult place to come, that is what we will be doing on the pitch.
“I’m bored of the summer, we have a lot of good work gone in and we want to start. We have got a lot of energy and focus in the group and we just want to get started.
“There is a focus from staff and players and everyone around the ground. It’s been interesting to see that focus change from pre-season mode to one where we know the points are on the line.
“We have approached every pre-season game with the aim of achieveing our objectives. We have had our foot down from day one, but you sense that something in the air changes on the Monday before the first game of the season.
“There has been a real intensity in training, it’s now about going into the fine detail and making sure that, come 3pm on Saturday, we are ready to beat Carlisle.
“There are a lot of games and it will be intense, but as long as we stick to what we believe in we will be ok.”
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