Midfielder Robin Shroot is determined to prove that Stevenage are not long-ball merchants this season.
The League One club caused a stir last season after clinching the fourth and final play-off place on the final day of their debut campaign in the third tier.
Their physical approach earned many critics as they suffered an agonising play-off semi-final defeat by Sheffield United, but Shroot feels that manager Gary Smith has given them a new lease of life since taking charge in January.
"The manager likes us to attack and gives us the freedom to go out there and express ourselves with the aim of creating and scoring goals," Shroot told Sky Sports.
"That is music to any attacking player's ears because it gives us the chance to play without fear and I'm really enjoying my football.
"Under (Graham) Westley people tended to get carried away and labelled us as a side that just kicked it long all the time, but you don't finish sixth in League One by just playing one-dimensional football.
"People had that perception and when the gaffer (Smith) came in he explained that he didn't want us to lose any of our physical aspects, but just make people more aware of our talent on the ball as well."
Having ended last term on a sad note the 24-year-old is keen to start the new campaign with a flourish having impressed during pre-season.
He added: "These things happen in life and unfortunately we were the losing team on that day, but on another day it would have been them.
"It shows how far this club has come to be playing Sheffield United away in front of over 30,000 people in a League One play-off.
"It has given us more experience and better foundations for the upcoming campaign, so there are a lot of positives from it.
"I managed to grab a couple of goals during our trip to Ireland and that was great because we all want to hit the ground running."