Karl Robinson admits this could be one of the toughest seasons to date as MK Dons prepare for the new League One season.
The first match of the new campaign kicks off at the New Meadow in Shrewsbury on Saturday.
But unlike in years gone by, there weren’t any bold statements of ambition from Robinson. Instead he’s keeping his cards close to his chest.
“The aim is to win as many games as we can,” he said. “Everybody got a little bit carried away with it last year. We all want to be successful and we want to go up automatically every year.
“But the realism is that sometimes it’s not possible. It’ll be very, very difficult.
“Automatic promotion is on the cards but you have to be real. You have to be conscious of where we are.
“There are some massive teams in the league this year. For the staff and the players to be mentioned among the front runners for the league shows how far we’ve come.
“The chairman wants to be in the Championship, and we all do.
“Could this be the year? We don’t know. This could be the year we turn it on. We will be competitive.
“I don’t think the divide is as big as it might seem, and the quality is very similar.
“It’ll just come down to the hungriest team.”
Dean Bowditch and Jon Otsemobor are likely to miss out on the trip to Shrewsbury as they near full fitness, while David Martin looks likely to retain his starting role after missing the last three months of last season through injury.
Arguably Dons’ biggest ever season starts here.