Altrincham forward James Poole is expecting the Robins to be challenging for the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division title.
Poole joined Phil Parkinson’s team last month following the club’s relegation to step 3 and he is expecting the club to make an instant return to the Vanamara National League North.
He said: “I wouldn’t have joined them or even entertain the idea of joining anyone if they didn’t think they could get the best possible outcome that they could get and that for Altrincham is winning this league.
“I’ve won promotion out of this league before with Salford City and I like to think that I know what it takes to get out of this league and it’s a serious level of football and we all know what is expected of us.
“I’ve had that sort of level of expectation on me for two years at Salford City, every single game you are expected to win and if you haven’t then you have failed. I’m expecting the same thing at Altrincham and that is what gets the best out of me.”
Following a double relegation, many people would expect the mood in the Altrincham camp to be a bit downbeat.
But the former Hartlepool United man says it’s the opposite and he is feeling really happy for the new season following a meeting with the new manager and the rest of the squad.
He said: “We had a meeting last week, the gaffer got everybody in and did a little presentation, he had a chat with us and we got to know him, his staff and the other new lads.
“I came away from it even more excited than I was before. I can see where the club is going, the vision the manager has got and it lines up with my philosophies in football, my aims and what I want to do in football.
“It all married up and that was really positive and since then I’ve had nothing but positivity around the place and
I would like to think that the negativity of two relegations has kind of gone away.”
The 27-year-old has left Moor Lane after two years with the club. He achieved promotion to the National League North as well being part of the team that made the second round of the FA Cup.
He explains why he left the club: “The decision was made for me because of my work situation.
“It was tough to leave and it something that I didn’t want to do. But I had to keep my job and I couldn’t go full time with the club, I’ve known about Salford going full time for a long time now.
“I’m sad to be leaving the club but it’s given me the chance for a fresh start.”