Ryan Woods believes that a settled Brentford squad have what it takes to improve on last season's ninth placed finish.
The former Shrewsbury man was one of a number of new faces on and off the pitch at Griffin Park last season.
This summer has been a much quieter one on the transfer front and Woods believes this will be an advantage over the course of the season.
He said: “We've got a settled group of lads. The new lads feel as if they've been here forever. I think we're a good tight-knit group now and that can only help us. We're all mates and want to do well with each other.”
Woods formed a strong partnership with Alan McCormack last season and both have shown they can take the rough with the smooth.
He added: “Macca and I are different when it comes to playing football. He likes to do that side of the game and I like to do the other.
“It's a good mix to have. He's got an immense amount of experience and that always helps on and off the pitch.”
Brentford know they can't compete with the likes of Newcastle and Aston Villa when it comes to budget but put work in on the training ground to find advantages elsewhere.
Woods explained: “We can't compete with teams like that when it comes to funds but that's where we're working on and off the pitch to make sure we're better than them in other areas.
“The gaffer has new ideas. We've got the set piece coach. We hope that can give us the edge on those teams.”