Portsmouth midfielder Joel Ward believes the club can challenge for top honours in the new Championship season.
Pompey finished 16th last term with the 22-year-old making 46 appearances in what was his first full season in the first team at Fratton Park.
Ward told BBC Radio Solent: "We hope to be in contention this year and we're looking like a strong side as well.
"We're gearing up and we want to be ready to go all guns blazing come Saturday, 6 August."
Pompey have already made five signings this summer the most recent being Greg Halford from Wolves, but Ward thinks the squad still needs bolstering.
"I think the squad is growing and we're building well for the future but we need a few more additions," he added.
"But we're getting a lot stronger, getting fitter, we're feeling sharp and we're looking good in training."
Portsmouth are currently on a pre-season tour of the United States and Ward is confident the trip will bring the squad closer.
"We want to get together as a team, train well together and get on well," he said.