With Brentford fresh from a wonderful season which nearly saw them earn consecutive promotions, the club’s supporters have been left feeling anxious after the departure of manager Mark Warburton.
But with the introduction of Marinus Dijkhuizen, and some handy acquisitions, the fans at Griffin Park have renewed reason to believe that the upcoming season could indeed be one filled with glory.
And here we look at five reasons why the club may finally reach the old promised land of the Premier League come the end of the season.
They have kept hold of key players
The ability of the club to keep hold of crucial players for the forthcoming season will provide both stability and a strong base to build from.
With the likes of Swansea, Hull and Aston Villa vying to take Jota, Andre Gray and David Button respectively from the Bees, it has been a great achievement that they have kept their players away from the claws of Premier League clubs - so far, at least.
The Bees will also have momentum in their favour as they have kept the majority of their side which saw them through to a top-six finish last season despite an abrupt end by Middlesbrough in the play-offs.
The Griffin Park club have added to their forward ranks to provide competition and support for Andre Gray, something that was lacking at the end of last season.
The 24-year-old Gray, who struck 18 times last season for the Bees, is entering the strongest phase of his career and will be aiming to help guide Brentford into the top six yet again.
Danish striker Lasse Vibe, who was signed from IFK Goteborg for a fee in the region of £1million, scored a lively 46 goals in 79 appearances for the club.
Likewise, young German striker Philip Hofmann has 18 goals in 36 appearances for Germany’s youth teams and has the potential to light up Griffin Park this season.
Competition in defence
The new signing are both naturally left footed meaning a balanced defence can be achieved with Harlee Dean and James Tarkowski as options for the right hand side of the central defence.
Bjelland and Tarkowski can play on both sides in the defence meaning Marinus Dijkhuizen has plenty of options when it comes to who goes into the back four.
End of a predictable starting line-up
As a result of the increased competition in defence, the Bees have boosted their squad in other regions to improve both the quality of the squad and the depth of it.
The acquisition of Josh McEachran and Konstantin Kerschbaumer was a smart one - albeit despite his long-term injury he suffered last week - and with more forwards and defenders on board, Marinus Dijkhuizen will have a selection headache.
All of which will provide useful as Brentford attempt to mount an assault on the Championship. There were times last season in which the line-up became all too predictable and certain threats were ultimately nullified by the straightforward game plan set out by Warburton.
Matthew Benham still reigns supreme
Benham has a history of making the right decision for the club, for example the sale of Adam Forshaw to Wigan saw Alex Pritchard come in as a replacement - a step-up in quality. The days of DJ Campbells being replaced by Calum Willocks are over.
With ninth, third and second place finishes in League One followed up by a fifth place finish in the Championship, Bees fans will know that the only way is up for a side that are showing no signs of decline.
And with Benham at the helm, it is almost guaranteed that they will build on last season.