ACCRINGTON STANLEY boss John Coleman is hoping it is third time lucky and this is the year his side will return to the Football League.
The Reds have put up a good fight in their two Conference campaigns so far but have just missed out on promotion.
And the boss is hoping that, with his new signings and one year as full-time professionals under their belt, that this season belongs to the Reds.
"I hope so," admitted the Interlink chief in the build up to the Conference opener against Canvey Island.
"We have got a good strong squad who are very fit and I can't wait for the season to start.
"I think we need 72 points for the play-offs and if do not get 72 points, I will be disappointed as we should have done it last year.
"I think we are fitter and stronger this year so hopefully we will take that step further to at least make the play-offs."
Barnet won the league at a canter last year and Stanley weren't out of the promotion picture until the final week of the season.
But, although the play-offs would be a huge lift, the Reds chief has set his sights even higher at clinching the title and keeping everyone connected with the club away from any chance of play-off heartbreak.
"I wouldn't be in the league if I didn't think we couldn't win it," said the boss. "I was talking to the staff on the way to the training ground the other day about teams whose ambitions are to finish in 12th place.
"I can't understand wanting to exist at a club that doesn't want to win the league. I know everybody can't win the league but to dangle that carrot would be soul-destroying for me and I think we are capable of mounting a challenge."
He thinks he has got the strongest squad ever at the Interlink with the comings and goings over the summer.
"I think we are stronger than the last two seasons as we have more players. Some of the players who have been with us a long time left in the summer and I was sorry to see them go but that's the way the club has had to go - it has had to go a certain way forward.
"A couple of higher profile players have left in Rory (Prendergast) and Lee (McEvilly) and we are going to have to see how we go on replacing them.
"We have a ready made replacement for Rory in Gary Roberts but replacing Lee is a bit more difficult.
"But some of the players who have come in have had slightly different attributes to the ones who have left and hopefully we will get more consistency this season."
Coleman has strengthened his backline with the addition of Andy Tretton, Michael Welch, Leam Richardson and Danny Ventre.
This was important as last season Stanley's problem with leaking silly goals ultimately cost them a play-off place.
"Our focus this year is not to concede as many goals and that should reflect in the whole team not just the defence," continued the boss. "We have got to get it right this season.
"It is all well and good to be bullish at the start of the season as it is what you do on the park that counts but I think a few of the lads have learned lessons from last season and will take that into this season. I have never been so optimistic."