Oxford United goalkeeper Sam Slocombe is confident his new club will be among the League Two promotion contenders in the forthcoming season.
Slocombe joined the U's on a free transfer after he was released by hometown club Scunthorpe in May.
The 27-year-old, who played 133 games for the Iron, is one of a number of new faces in Michael Appleton's squad.
"We've got to be patient and calm this year and I really think we'll have a good chance," he told BBC Radio Oxford.
Slocombe knows what it takes to get out of the division, having been part of the Scunthorpe squad which gained promotion from League Two in 2014.
"There's a good group who have been here before and a good core of younger players coming through," he added.
"Some fresh faces have been added from outside who have experience of the league and promotion.
"We have to be aware there's another 23 clubs in this division and probably 16 to 20 of them will have the same aspirations of getting promoted.
"But the work we've put in on the training ground and what we've seen in the games up to now in pre-season, I'm quite confident we'll be there or thereabouts."
Oxford United play their first pre-season match since returning from a tour to Austria away at National League side Woking on Tuesday.