We were just a win away from the UEFA Cup via the Worthington Cup last season and a win on the last day at Leicester City would have taken us into seventh instead of ninth.
Those are the extra steps we are looking to take this season and goalkeeper Kasey is confident.
He reasoned: "You have to break through and be around the top six at around February time so you can hang in there.
"You have to get out of the mid-table group and step into that solid European group and from there you have to step up and get into the Champions League group.
"That is our goal. We need to progress, step forward and be a team that is very, very disappointed if we're not in Europe.
"I'm optimistic, definitely. I don't think there is any question that we can do it.
"We're were a little unlucky with injuries and if we can keep everybody fit, it's a squad game, if everyone is on the right page we can definitely challenge for Europe."
That challenge kicks-off at Everton on Saturday.
Kasey says that new boss David Moyes' influence and the Toffees revival at the end of last season could spill into this campaign.
He added: "It's a tricky start and even more so this season because David Moyes has come in, changed it around a little, had a good response last season and got them playing some strong, attacking football.
"It's a little bit of the unknown. We have relatively the same squad, they've made a few changes and it will be an interesting test."
Kasey Keller is convinced we can take the next step and qualify for European competition this season.