For Scarva Rangers, this season can only be an improvement.
They plummeted through the Division One trap door last year after a disastrous season that brought only one league victory.
However, the summer has brought fresh hope to the Gers thanks to some valuable new recruits.
First of all, Jason McClelland has again taken the reigns as first team boss. Having guided Blackers Mill to Marshall Cup victory, the former Scarva player is hopeful of picking up a finish in the top four of Division Two with his new side.
That quest will be aided by the club’s new striking options in Kyle Foster, Samuel Boyd and Stephen Gass, who will be desperate to add a much-needed clinical edge to Scarva’s attack.
The club won Division Two in the 2012/13 season and have brought back some of the experience that helped guide them to that success.
Rod Douglas was a key figure in that history-making squad and rejoins his brother Greg in the Scarva squad.
Blessed with loads of pace and trickery, Greg could well be one of the most dangerous players in Division Two this season.
Add to that the two Baird brothers, Wes and Mark, who play left and right back respectively, and like Greg and Rod were lynchpins of the team that won promotion from Division Two.
Most of last season’s squad have also rejoined the squad for a pre-season campaign that has filled new boss McClelland with hope for the campaign ahead.
“I am very pleased by how well preparations for the new season have gone,” he said.
“It has exceeded my expectations.
“The attitude and mentality of the players has been first class.
“Our back four is solid and we have a lot of pace up front,” he added.”
Scarva begin the season by taking on Donacloney in the Marshall Cup on Saturday 15th August and begin their league campaign a week later at home to Rectory Rangers.