MARK YATES' Cheltenham Town may not have made the sort of start that two successive Play-Off seasons might have suggested, but appearances can be deceptive.
They did knock Crawley out of the Capital One Cup before losing 2-1 away to Premiership West Ham, and they have already played several of the early pace setters in the division.
Still, the Robins will expect better things as the season pans out, and they have the squad to do it.
Club stalwart Scott Brown is a fixture in goal, supported by young prospect Harvey Rivers.
Town had a pretty settled back-four, but Yates has this season added Crystal Palace teenager Ryan Inniss at right-back to the established unit of Steve Elliott (see Player To Watch), Keith Lowe and attacking left-back Sido Jombarti.
Gulls fans will not be relishing another visit from pacy winger Jermaine McGlashan, who often seems to play well against Torquay, but he's not the only threat from midfield.
Yates has signed ex-Arsenal, Bristol City and Exeter player David Noble, on loan from Rotherham, and experienced Matt Richards (Walsall, Shrewsbury).
But one of the club's most improved players is Sam Deering (Oxford, Barnet), who can play in several midfield positions.
Yates has overhauled his striking roster in the past 12 months, and two new faces up front this season are well-travelled Steven Gillespie, on loan from Fleetwood, and ex-Accrington, Shrewsbury and Rochdale forward Terry Gornell.
You can always tell the real strength of a club from the subs' bench.
In defence Yates can call on 30-year-old former Orient, Exeter and Crewe man Billy Jones and Craig Braham-Barrett, on loan from Macclesfield.
In midfield he has ex-Kidderminster and Burton schemer Russ Penn, Jason Taylor (Oldham, Stockport, Rotherham) and winger Ashley Vincent, who returned to the Robins in the summer after good spells with Colchester and promoted Port Vale last season.
Veteran Jamie Cureton, 38 and snapped up from Exeter in the close-season, has had some early-season injury problems.
But Yates could still turn to the lanky Byron Harrison (Stevenage, AFC Wimbledon) or promising teenager Zachary Kotwica, a product of the Whaddon Road Academy.