MARCUS Bean has warned League One's big boys Brentford FC aren't there just to make up the numbers.
The Bees will take on fallen giants Southampton, Norwich City and Charlton Athletic this season following the trio's relegation from the Championship, while Andy Scott's side will also face Leeds United after they lost in the play-offs last campaign.
But Bean, who won promotion from League One with Blackpool, has made it plain he won't settle for a survival scrap.
He said: "Every season I've played I've been involved at the right end of the table - I never set out with an aim just to survive.
"I always aim for promotion, then see what happens. I want to push on, and I think the gaffer and Bully [Terry Bullivant] are quietly confident too."
Of the four League Two sides promoted last time around, Peterborough clinched automatic promotion to the Championship, MK Dons lost in the play-offs, Stockport finished just above the drop zone, while Hereford were relegated.
And, despite only having the bare bones of last season's title-winning squad, Bean is confident those that have avoided the axe will be fighting it out at the top of the table.
"The lads left are good enough to be in the mix," he said.
"I've always believed there isn't much difference between the top sides in League Two and those in League One.
"Stockport only lost one in 10 at the start of the campaign, while MK Dons and Peterborough finished highly, although they had a lot of money."