Essex will enter the last week of the County Championship believing they have the ability to be be a Division One team, says batsman Tom Westley.
The Chelmsford side are battling with Hampshire for the right to join leaders Worcestershire in Division One.
Hampshire have a 10-point advantage as they face Glamorgan in Cardiff, while Essex host Worcestershire.
"In a few years' time, we feel we can kick on and develop into a successful four-day team," Westley told BBC Essex.
|Essex batsman Tom Westley|
|"Promotion means everything to us... at the start of every year we identify that we want to be in Division One."|
"We believe we have the squad to play Division One cricket."
Essex last won promotion from Division Two in 2009, but suffered immediate relegation the following year.
The club have developed a reputation for being one-day specialists, with a total of five titles from the old Pro40 and Friends Provident competitions, but they also have six County Championship successes to their name.
Essex start their four-day game against already-promoted Worcestershire on Tuesday as they look to make up the deficit on Hampshire, with a maximum of 24 available.
"Promotion means everything to us," said 25-year-old Westley, who has averaged 30.52 this season.
"We've been successful in white-ball cricket in years gone by. But at the start of every year we identify that we want to be in Division One."