Paul Stalteri insists the squad must ignore the expectation building up around them and take the season game by game.
Many in the media predict a productive season this time around with our young players having picked up more experience, along with exciting additions to the group.
Naturally the recruit from Werder Bremen hopes the predictions are proved correct, but he has quickly latched onto the fact that the English Premier League is a marathon and not a sprint.
"We hope so, but we have to take things slowly," reasoned the 27-year-old. "After last year, pre-season and new players coming in there is a lot of expectation around the team. We have to be realistic and it is a long season.
"This league is a battle and a marathon and we have to take it game by game. Hopefully we will end up in the top six, this team has the potential to do and we just have to prove it week in, week out."
Meanwhile, Paul reports the media attention Premiership clubs attract is nothing new for him and, if anything, the demands on players are greater in the Bundesliga.
"It is definitely there, but there was a big media attention where I was playing before as well. It is a little bit different in that we were taking questions every day in Germany.
"There is a bit more of an international buzz about it here, whereas it was more local at Werder Bremen, and the massive interest in the league was one of the things that attracted me to it."