Experienced Deeping Rangers chief Tuncay Korkmaz is determined to end the club’s five-year trophy drought this term.
Deeping, who kick their UCL Premier Division campaign off with a tasty-looking Outgang Road clash with AFC Rushden and Diamonds on Saturday (3pm), last got their hands on silverware when lifting the Hinchingbrooke Cup in 2008.
A UCL Premier Division winner as Rangers boss back in 2007, Korkmaz feels it’s getting harder and harder to win the league these days.
The Turkish tactician reckons an improvement on last year’s fifth-placed finish would represent a successful season – but has his sights firmly set on silverware.
“We have the same aim at the start of every season,” said Korkmaz. “That is to do better than we did the year before.
“Getting into the top five would represent real success – anything higher than that would be a bonus.
“Maybe I’m being a little cautious as I’ve been here for quite a long time now.
“We’ve certainly got a better squad than last year and have added a lot of quality over the summer.
“But I think we’ll make a big effort in the cups this year.
“Maybe we’ve focused more on the league in recent years, but it’d be nice for everyone at the club if we could get a trophy in our cabinet.”
Having signed title-winners Mitch Griffiths, Craig Parker, Dan Flack and Tommy Treacher from Holbeach and added Yaxley hitman Ondre Odain to the squad, Deeping look better than ever this time around.
Korkmaz has identified Spalding United, Rushden and Diamonds and Wisbech Town as the three favourites, but has told fans to expect the unexpected.
He added: “There’s always a surprise package in the UCL, be it Holbeach last year or Long Buckby the season before.
“It’s very hard to win this league and there is no clear favourite. If we can hold onto our players we should be challenging with Spalding, Rushden and Wisbech.”