Gateshead winger Chris Moore believes the club can compete for promotion to the Football League in 2011-12.
Moore, 27, just missed out on the play-offs with Darlington last season, and sees potential in the squad.
"There's not much in it between third down to the middle of the table," Moore told BBC Newcastle.
"It's about getting little things right and grinding out results. There are a lot of teams with potential for play-offs and Gateshead are one of them."
The former Whitley Bay winger capped an impressive campaign at Darlington in 2010-11 with a FA Trophy winners medal at Wembley, but was released this summer after 28 appearances.
Tynesiders boss Ian Bogie offered Moore a trial at the International Stadium, and last week secured a six-month deal with the club.
"It's a nightmare being on trial, everything you do you feel is being observed, it's like one big audition," Moore continued.
"It's nice to get it sorted, I'm happy, and I'm just looking to get a starting position.
"You've got to get yourself in the team, there's no point coming here to be a squad player."