Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder wants his squad to compete strongly in League Two this term, after they escaped relegation to the Conference last season.
The Cobblers are about to begin their sixth successive season in the fourth tier, but needed a final day win over Oxford United, Wilder’s former club, to be certain of Football League survival in 2013-14.
Since then, Northampton have added defender Zander Diamond, striker Marc Richards and winger Kaid Mohamed to their ranks for 2014-15, as well as tying down David Moyo, Chris Hackett, Gregor Robertson and Connor Roberts to new contracts.
Wilder has also kept promising young forward Ivan Toney, who scored three goals from the last two games of the old campaign to help the Sixfields side stay away from the non-league trap door, and the ex-Halifax Town boss is confident his newly-assembled team will be nearer the top end of the table than the bottom.
“Hopefully last season was a one-off, in terms of where the club was at. We feel it is an open league and we’ll back ourselves,” he told BBC Radio Northampton earlier today.
“We’ve got quality and experience through the squad, as well as energy and balance. It’s not all about signing the best players that become available, we have to bring in the best players for the group.”
On Toney, Wilder added: “You never know what is around the corner, but Ivan knows he’s at a grounded club with staff around him who will make him better.
“We’ll always be open with him if there is any interest, but if he continues to go well then I’m sure there will be.”