Holbeach United begin pre-season training tonight when joint-manager Graham Drury hopes to compplete three more signings.
The Tigers have made several impressive signings this summer and have a nice blend of youth and experience, including several players who have won at this level.
Jamie Stevens, who has skippered sides to the UCL title for the last two seasons, is hoping to make it a hat-trick but his former manager has warned him not to take it for granted.
Pat Rayment, who guided Spalding to the title last season, has warned Holbeach it will take time to gel the team.
He said: “I don’t think Holbeach will finish in the top four.
“I expect it to be a close division, with probably six teams in contention for the title, but Holbeach will have the problem I had when I first came to Spalding.
“I made so many signings in a short space of time and it took time to gel them.
“Graham Drury and John Chand will have Holbeach working their socks off but I fancy Rushden for the title with Cogenhoe and Deeping battling it out for second and Wisbech in fourth.”