Returning Danny Mahoney believes Lancaster City should have their eyes firmly on promotion this season.
The midfielder is the second new Dolly Blues arrival this summer and is confident City can mix it at the top of the Evo-Stik First Division North.
He said: “We’re aiming for the play-offs minimum.
“We don’t want to finish mid-table you’ve got to be looking at that top six and trying to push into the play-offs to hopefully get promoted.”
The former Morecambe man is back at Giant Axe after four years away having taken something of a tour of the North West non-league scene before finishing last season with Clitheroe.
He said: “It’s more a case of where I’ve not been.
“I had a few injuries when I left Chester and I’ve moved around a bit trying to make a go of it.
“I ended up settling back down at Bamber Bridge and I enjoyed my time there but felt that I needed a change after about 18 months.
“I went to Clitheroe because they were in the top six and it’s always nice to play for something towards the end of the season.
“I’ve spoken to Mick (Hoyle, Lancaster City director of football) over the last few season and he’s said keep in touch, and then he rang me this year and I’ve decided with working in Preston it’s only a short distance up to Lancaster.”
Mahoney has played in several different positions under various managers and while admitting he is happy to fill in where needed, he sees himself as a central midfielder.
He said: “I’d like to be back in the middle of the park really.
“I know that a lot of managers have been playing me in the hole and up front because they feel that I’ve got a bit of presence.
“I’m happy to play anywhere as long as I get a shirt.”