NEW Buckland Athletic Reserves manager Simon Dungey admits that he feels a bit like David Moyes as he prepares to build upon the success of Adam Castle's SDFL Premier-winning side.
Bucks came within a whisker of the treble last season, reaching the finals of both the Devon Premier Cup and Herald Cup.
And as is the way with reserve sides, Dungey could find that some of last season's standouts will be on Western League duty this season, with Jordan Havlin, Josh Webber and Ryan Harrison-White all figuring prominently in Castle's pre-season matches.
"There are certainly one or two that will probably spend the majority of the season with Adam," Dungey admits.
"But what his approach has been is that when he signs players to play Western League, he wants them to commit to playing South Devon League as well.
"So anybody who has signed Western League forms has also signed South Devon League forms.
"The benefit is that if a player's coming back from an injury or he's dropped then he should drop back down to the second team."
Into the midfield has come Jamie Clifford from Broadhempston United, while extra firepower is likely to be provided by experienced striker Tom Sercombe who netted 17 for Newton Abbot Spurs in the Peninsula League last season.
Dungey is also likely to call upon a number of last year's promotion-winning Thirds including Fred Hewings Cup winning goalscorer Jack Seatherton, Jo Crook and Gavin Collins.
In addition, Adam Whitmore, a player from the South Devon College Academies, has impressed in training and signed for the club.
Out of the door at Homers Heath have gone versatile Chris Mitchell, returning to Brixham, while two of Buckland's more familiar faces of recent years, Tom Armstrong and Kain Bond will also be missing when the teams kick-off at Ipplepen on Saturday, August 17.
Armstrong looks likely to leave the club for family reasons, while Bond has discounted himself from the early part of the season while he continues to recover from a problematic shoulder injury sustained in the Premier Cup final.
As for the competition, Dungey is expecting to have a fight on his hands to retain the title.
"I think the Premier Division will be strong this year, and Watcombe and Waldon will add to that," Dungey said.
"I expect Upton to come back stronger and I still expect Kingskerswell to put on a show this season. Watts, Blake & Bearne will be another one to watch, and Newton Spurs have had a change in management so you never know what's going to happen there.
"With the expectation that we will be at the top there is pressure on me and pressure on the team but we'll give it our best shot and see where we are come May next year."
Newly promoted Watcombe Wanderers, who scooped their second Herald Cup in three years last May, are among many people's favourites to win this year's league, and the club are already looking for a solution to their long-standing ground problem so that they can ultimately compete at a higher level.
"The ideal place for us is Steps Cross," said Wanderers' co-manager Frankie Finch.
"There's enough room for a pitch and changing rooms and then we can go further.
"We don't want to be stuck in the Premier, but unless somebody comes along to help us out that's what's going to happen.
"The players are Watcombe through-and-through; most of them have been asked to move but they won't. If we could lease Steps Cross from the Council and get grants we could start getting the kids' football in because it can be fenced off. At King George you can't do that because of the road."
Finch is at least confident that his side can secure the use of Coach Road for their Premier Cup matches to ensure they are not found wanting in the wake of the introduction of more stringent ground criteria for the Devon FA's most prestigious cup.
On the playing front, Wanderers' seasoned squad have now been strengthened by the arrival of goalkeeper Scott Corderoy from relegated Abbotskerswell, and defender Stephen Woodcock from Kingskerswell and Chelston.
Also looking to develop are fellow promoted side Waldon Athletic who have plans for a new clubhouse and are negotiating a long-term lease on their ground at Windmill Hill.
On the playing front, Clarets' manager Justin Yeates is confident that his side will prove a handful.
Liam Ford has moved to Dartmouth and Callum Styles to Watcombe, but in have come Ian Down from Stoke Gabriel, Riviera Spurs striker Danny Horsfall and Will Roberts from Newton Abbot Spurs. Yeates is also hoping to secure the signature of Babbacombe's Ashley Williams.
"I think we're going to cause a few problems. If you think we're going to have players like Duane Johnson, Chris Harrity, Ty Hawken and Horsfall up front with Dan Harrity and Stewart Sparkes at the back I think a top-six finish would be reasonable."
Upton Athletic recall Steve Kingscote to the helm and will feel due a good campaign after a barren two seasons, while Kingskerswell & Chelston and WBB will almost certainly be there or thereabouts again.
Jason Couch will be hoping to build on a promising debut season for Brixham AFC, who reached the Belli Cup final and led the Premier for large periods last season, while Belli Cup winners Loddiswell Athletic will once again be flying the flag for the South Hams.
After surviving their first seasons back in the top flight, Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves and Kingsteignton Athletic will be looking to push up the table, while the reserve sides of Stoke Gabriel, Galmpton United and Ivybridge Town (formerly Staverton & Landscove) could also threaten the front-runners.
Ipplepen survived relegation by the skin of their teeth and will be looking for a more comfortable ride this time out.