Perth Glory boss Kenny Lowe says he’s excited by a fresh feeling around the club as they look to move on from the dramas of last season.
Glory returned to pre-season training on Monday in the first step towards rebuilding the club after the salary cap scandal of 2014/15.
While admitting the drama of last season – which saw the club stripped of a finals berth – may set them back a little, Lowe insists Glory are moving forward.
“You can’t lament the things that have gone on,” Lowe said.
“I have always said I am a forward looking person. Obviously you glance backwards and reflect, but you don’t look in the rear view mirror, you look forward.
“There’s no pressure. There’s no stress. There’s no foggy cloud.
“We’ve got a good group of people who are hungry and want to do well. That’s a recipe for success.”
Lowe will have to mold a new-look squad for the new season after a host of players left the club at the end of the last campaign.
Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, defender Scott Jamieson, midfielders Rostyn Griffiths and Danny De Silva and attackers Jamie Maclaren and Youssouf Hersi have all departed.
In their place have come ex-Wanderers duo Antony Golec and Jerrad Tyson, Alex Grant and Hagi Gligor, with more signings to come before the new season.
It leaves Lowe with a tough job to build another competitive squad with the aim of a return to the finals.
“It’s the same as last year, we came in with a new wave of optimism and this year you are hoping just to build on what we did last year,” the Glory boss said.
“Unfortunately maybe we slip back a little bit, we have to maybe take a couple of steps back and then we’ll move forward again.
“Boys coming in, they have a smile on their face. They’re hungry, they’re keen, so we are very much where we were last year.
“If we can blag it and finish a bit higher than we finished last year, we’ll have a good year.”
Glory plays their first competitive match in the Westfield FFA Cup, away to Newcastle Jets on August 11.