The growing spending power of other clubs in the Isthmian League South Division is a challenge for Guernsey FC, according to boss Tony Vance.
Guernsey finished 13th last season and club rules preclude signing players unless they are based on the island.
"This is the third year we've been in this league and it's getting stronger and stronger," Vance told BBC Guernsey.
"It's a real test. More and more teams are using the chequebook, which we can't do."
He added: "With the money at the top level and the quality of players dropping down league by league, players coming out of academies have got nowhere to go and they often find themselves at this level."
The Green Lions begin the new campaign at Ramsgate on Saturday and Vance is aware his side must improve on their travels after winning just five and losing 15 away games last season.
"We need to find some consistency away from home," he added. "Our home record year-on-year is pretty decent and we've got to maintain that to give us a fighting chance.
"If we're to turn that fighting chance into play-off hopes then we've got to improve away from home."
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