BILLERCAY Town captain Rob Swaine insists his side will more than match up physically to the other teams in Blue Square Bet South next season.
The Blues were labelled as one of the more direct sides enroute to the Ryman League Premier Division title last season and Swaine says they won't be changing their approach in the league above.
"We're a big side," he said, "we're big we're strong and we're not scared of anyone.
"We have got a lot of big players, quite a lot over six foot players, and we are quite a physical team.
"I think a lot of teams called us Stoke last season but it works – we won the league.
"Don't get me wrong, we can play as well, we pop the ball as well but we are strong and physical. We'll go in strong."
Swaine (pictured in blue) should know a bit about the ideal recipe for success next season having played in the Conference South in recent seasons with Chelmsford City and Thurrock.
"From experience in that league I think most teams are big and physical," he said.
"I think a lot of teams bully each other so we won't be a standout team who bully people we will give as good as we get.
"We will play with our heart on our sleeve and we will give our all for each other and the team. We won't be pushovers."
The Blues' pre-season preparations have been hit by the weather with games against Great Wakering and Heybridge Swifts called off on Saturday and Sunday.
But Swaine says the spirit in the camp is high and that several of the club's young guns are itching to get started.
"Everyone seems pretty keen and in high spirits," he said.
"Given that people have been away and on holiday I think the level of fitness is quite good. There's been no one slacking, everyone's been giving there all and running quite well to be fair.
"I think a lot of the players are quite excited to play and everyone is looking forward to it.
"The first aim is to stay in the league but we are not expecting to be struggling.
"In an ideal world we will be pushing for play-offs but I think if we get a mid-table finish in the first season in there then that will be good and I think would be exceeding expectations."