GRAHAM Barrow reckons stamina will be a key factor if Chester City are to have a realistic chance of pushing for promotion next season.
Mark Wright's number two believes that a successful campaign is on the cards if the Blues learn from last season's mistakes and try to build on any momentum gained in the early stages of the season with real staying power.
He said: 'I was watching from afar last season and to get such a great start and for it all to fade away was a real shame, football can kick you in the teeth like that.
'So we've just got to get off to a decent start and maintain it, it's as simple as that.' The 52-year-old, who has returned to the Saunders Honda Stadium after a five-year absence, has been impressed by the quality of the players that have been signed for the forthcoming season and he is confident they can live up to the expectations of the fans.
He said: 'The squad age-wise is fantastic and there are plenty of legs there to go out and put the opposition to the test.
'I think it will be a tough league and when you consider 50 points saw you relegated last season and 66 got you a play-off place, it is a very tight and open league.
'The sides relegated from League One will be a threat and I think Hartlepool will be particularly strong.
'But if we can get what we've got on paper working on the grass then hopefully we'll win matches.'
Barrow, who had been out of football since he was sacked by Bury last September, admits he has enjoyed being back in the daily routine of training and is relishing the opportunity to help turn Mark Wright's new-look side into a League Two force.
He added: 'The biggest task we face is to gel all of these new players into a team. I think everyone is satisfied with what we have got on paper but the next step is to turn them into a strong unit and it is something I think we have a great chance of achieving.'