A mid-table finish last season will act as a spur for Ellon United manager Bruce Morrison.
Morrison used his first season with the Meadows club to start putting his own side together and has added some fresh faces.
When he arrived, the team had just four players left from the previous season, so he faced a major rebuilding job.
But along with right hand man Scott Brown, they assembled a new-look squad which reached two cup semi-finals, before losing out on penalties.
Morrison has been busy during the close season and has brought back local lads Callum Tremaire and Grant Thomson, who were on short-term term contracts with Fraserburgh FC.
Both players impressed at the Broch and will continue to be involved in the under 20’s league.
Neil Erskine has also joined the squad from Maud.
Morrison said: “We have got most of our players from last season and have brought in others over the summer.
“We also have players coming back after long absences so that will be a boost to the squad.
“We reached two cup semi-finals last season and lost out on penalties so that was disappointing.
“This season I would be looking to do well in the league and perhaps sneak a cup.”
Morrison is realistic about trying to compete with the likes of champions Culter, who won the league with ease last season, admitting they can’t match their financial clout.
But he is looking forward to the challenge of moving Ellon further up the table.
United have had a bit of a mixed start to the season, losing 1-0 to Longside at home and 4-1 to Banks o’ Dee away in the Grill League Cup.
In their opening league fixture, United drew 2-2 with Deveronside at the Meadows.
On Saturday, Ellon completed their Grill League Cup section with a 7-2 home win over Buckie Rovers. However, the qualify spot had already been secured by Banks o’ Dee.