Clive Allen reveals he is as optimistic about the future as he has been in a good while as a player, fan and staff member at the club.
The Development Coach returned to the full-time staff this summer following a temporary stint last season and is in a good position to offer a considered view on the direction the club is taking since the changes made in the close season.
"We are delighted with way the group of players that have come together this season have gelled very quickly," reflected the former striker.
"From my own point of view I think it is because we have bought in a lot of very good characters who certainly want to play the game in the right way. They've certainly got the right attitude and I think that is very important.
"From the seniors down that rubs off on the younger players - they can see what is neccessary. They can see the senior players getting results and they know they must take it on board and apply it themselves."
Clive reasons that all these factors contribute to the forming of a strong team spirit.
"That is one thing that is shining through. There are a lot of nationalities, a lot of ideas about the way the game should be played.
"What they've done is all come together, respect one another and have realised there is some real quality at the club. I think we will push forward from this springboard."
From a personal point of view, Clive admits he is as confident in the future of the club as he has been for many years.
"I believe so and feel we are heading in the right direction. We are by no means there, but we are in a good position and it has been a solid start. Again, this is the platform from which everyone at the club should go forward."