Macclesfield Town midfielder Hamza Bencherif insists that the club are more than capable of mounting a serious bid for promotion this season.
The Silkmen have made a great start to the campaign, with a 2-1 win over Burton on Saturday pushing them to within three points of the play-off places.
The former Algerian Under 21 international, who increased his personal goal tally to five after netting twice at the weekend, says that Macclesfield could prove to be the surprise package in this season's promotion race.
"We have played Torquay, Chesterfield and Wycombe, which are all sides that are tipped to do well this year, and came out with good results, but we have faltered against the supposed weaker opposition," Bencherif told skysports.com.
"I am a big believer that this year will be a very unpredictable one with any side capable of putting together a promotion push.
"If we can get a good run going then I can't see why we can't be one of those up there.
"We have got the quality and strength in the squad to be in that top seven, but we need to focus on securing safety as quickly as possible first before pushing on for play-offs.
"This time last year the likes of Grimsby and Darlington probably hadn't put their first points on the board yet, but this year the bottom clubs have already accumulated six or seven points, so that shows how much tighter this year will be.
"Almost every side in the division will fancy their chances of getting into the play-offs this season because it is so tight and we are no different."