Ronnie McFall is confident Portadown can challenge for major honours this season.
The Ports disappointed last year only managing to finish seventh in the Danske Bank Premiership and reach the semi-finals of the Irish Cup.
McFall’s side started this campaign in positive fashion, coming from behind to earn a deserved point against Linfield last Saturday.
“We finished seventh last season, and it goes without saying we want to improve on that,” McFall said.
“If we perform like we did last week then we should do well. We are stronger and fitter this season, so I have no doubt with another one or two signings we will be up there challenging.
“We more than matched Linfield last week and should have won it. We missed good chances, but we worked until the end and got the equaliser.”
Portadown travel to the Showgrounds to face Coleraine on Saturday.
And McFall has called for “more of the same” from his players.
“We have to keep that standard going,” he added.
“We have set the bar and now we have to try and keep up that quality.
“We want to push on and improve on that. Coleraine is next which is another hard game - but they are all difficult in this league.
“It is still early days in the season and it will take a while for every club to find their feet.
“We have only made two or three signings, but other clubs have been very active.
“The likes of Linfield and Glenavon have made big changes, so it will take time.
“Coleraine are another team who have strengthened, and they got a good draw last week against Glentoran.