The Welsh star made his breakthrough last term but with the likes of Milenko Acimovic, Jamie Redknapp, Darren Anderton, Steffen Freund, Steve Clemence, Tim Sherwood, newcomer Jonathan Blondel and recently injured Gus Poyet all jostling for midfield positions, he knows he will have to be at the top of his game to figure.
We've got a lot of strength in depth and a lot of competition for places and I'm sure the gaffer will be rotating it around a bit," said Simon. "Hopefully I'll be part of it.
"Everyone could see last season at about Christmas time we really needed that depth and didn't have it. That cost us when the injuries came about. This time we shouldn't have that trouble.
"Last season was good for me and I have to improve on it. That's all I can do."
Simon has certainly impressed in pre-season and his endeavour was rewarded with his first goal of the summer against Palace on Wednesday night.
"I'm happy with how it's gone, especially against Palace. I felt sharp, got my first goal and I'm looking to build on that now.
"The lads have enjoyed the game, we've had a few and the lads are enjoying those more than the hard slog around the training ground."
Simon Davies is under no illusions as to the battle he faces for a regular place in the side next season.