It has been a difficult start to yet another season in League Two for Morecambe, with the Shrimps lying close to the bottom two following the opening five rounds of fixtures.
It could be another tough year for the side from the north west, who finished just six points above the drop last season, but manager Jim Bentley has worked hard this summer to improve the squad from the previous year, and will feel his side are more than capable of competing at this level.
The captures of Vadaine Oliver and Steven Old will excite fans, but the final day acquisition of Adam McGurk could be the move that makes the difference at the Globe Arena.
The Northern Irishman, a former scholar at Aston Villa, began his professional career in non-league football with Hednesford Town, before finding his way into the Football League with Tranmere Rovers.
Spells at Burton Albion and Portsmouth followed, before the winger was picked up by Cambridge just last summer.
Now at Morecambe, McGurk has a point to prove, and playing without pressure could see the wide man excel under Bentley.
Morecambe should have enough about them to avoid the drop, but are far from being considered contenders for a place in the top seven.
A top-half finish would be considered a successful campaign, and the squad Bentley has put together is capable of finishing at least at the top of the bottom half of the table.
Things could, of course, go sour for the long-serving boss, but with the squad at his disposal, the man who also represented the club on the pitch should be just fine.
Morecambe fans, what are you expectations for the season?