LAST season saw plenty of change for Buckland Athletic, as they embarked on their first season in the Western League. But as the club looks forward to their second season at Step Five level, new journeys begin.
A new manager is in town. Adam Castle was appointed near the end of last season to work alongside Andy Hill and player-assistant manager Mike Booth.
And while pre-season training has been described as 'brilliant' by the new manager, performances during their schedule of friendlies have not been as welcome.
"We haven't achieved our potential target during our pre-season fixtures." said Castle.
Although Bucks started off with a 4-0 win against Elburton Villa, clashes against Plymouth Parkway, and Exeter City XI and Saltash United all went against Castle's side.
But he said: "Managers and teams have not been judged on results in pre-season for at least the last 10 years. Performances are key and something to build on."
However, Castle is more concerned that he has not been able to put his first-choice XI together on the field yet.
"With holidays, injuries and other commitments, I haven't been able to field my full side once during pre-season so far, which is frustrating but simply not in my hands," he said.
"The performance we displayed against Plymouth Parkway however was just not acceptable, a rather young side was on show and senior members of my team should have been stepping up to the plate."
With the pre-season period nearing its end, Castle now looks on to his aims for the coming season.
He wishes to establish Buckland Athletic as a top six team in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, improving on their 10th place position in the 2012-13 campaign.
As well as this, clear ambitions on their cup successes have been set.
Following last season's impressive run in the FA Cup, the new Buckland boss hopes to replicate this.
"Not only does it bring a great feeling to the players being successful in such a competition, it also helps the club financially which is superb."
On top of wanting success in the FA Cup, he believes that his team can go onto winning the St Lukes Bowl which they have already done twice in the last three years.
Castle has had to be busy on the transfer front, with five key players departing Homers Heath over the summer.
Former captain Danny Lewis and striker Chris Wright have left, together with Dean Stevens, Ethan Phillips, Jamie Mudge and Cameron Kelly.
Castle said: "As a manager coming into the position at the end of last season, I looked at the squad Antony Lynch had and Lewis and Wright were two players I wanted to keep.
"But as a father, I understand family commitments and also Chris' want to play football at a higher level."
But as one door closes, another one always opens. Buckland have seen the arrival of 10 signings, four of which have stepped up from the South Devon League Premier Division winning side, Buckland Athletic Reserves.
Castle believes there are two options in football. Buy success or build it and his squad has the foundations that he wishes to build on.
"I am certain that one or two of my Reserve players from last year will make it into the first-team squad by Christmas," he said.
"The others will continue to float between the two teams, part of their development will be to experience Western League football but also remain as key members to Simon Dungey's reserve team.
"Bringing in more inexperienced players also requires my senior players stepping up and increasing their performances. "
Castle is also very pleased with the other six signings made, including former Exeter City defender Alex Jeannin, ex-Parkway player Dan Griffiths, central midfielder Steve Bowker, left-winger Jordan Lam, striker Liam McAuley and former Newton Abbot Spurs midfielder Marc Revell.