Assistant manager/captain Adam Murray told mansfieldtown.net this afternoon of his excitement for the new season, after viewing Mansfield Town's fixture list for 2014-15.
Murray, who is set for his 17th season in professional football, said:
"We're always excited the day the fixtures come out. We're always looking at the next challenge and the first few games are the ones you look forward to and the ones you build towards in pre-season.
"We're optimistic, but at the same time realistic and know that we're in for a real fight next year. We'll be giving it everything we've got.
The 32-year-old believes our opponents on opening day, Northampton Town, will be amongst the favourites for promotion.
"Chris [Wilder, Northampton's manager] went in there last season and did a great job," said Murray. "Obviously I've worked under Chris so I know what he's about, I know what he brings 'to the table' and I think they'll be up there next season. They've made some shrewd signings since he's been there."
In other news, we reported yesterday that long-serving goalkeeper Alan Marriott had left the club after being unable to agree terms on a new contract. Unsurprisingly, Murray told www.mansfieldtown.net that the search for a new goalkeeper is on the list of priorities this close season.
The management staff are still keeping tabs on Lewis Price, the experienced shot stopper who joined us on loan from Crystal Palace last season, Murray confirmed.