“For me, we’ve got to be thinking about the top 10,” said Sandell. “Maybe a bit more if we start well and can be consistent.
"We looked pretty solid at the back in pre-season and the more clean sheets we get, obviously the more points we’re going to get. I think we always look dangerous from set-pieces and we’ve got players who can score goals so hopefully we can achieve a top 10 finish.
“The new boys have settled in great and obviously they’ve all got different attributes that we need. We needed a couple of center half’s in, Byrney likes to get on the ball and play and Yan is a goalscoring midfielder.”
Sandell was announced as the new club captain last week, replacing former skipper David Pipe, although admitted that he expected vice-captain Max Porter to get the nod.
“I didn’t expect the captaincy because I didn’t really think about it when Pipey left and assumed Max would have it as he was vice-captain last year,” said Sandell.
“It wasn’t until the gaffer spoke to me after the Evesham game that I thought maybe I could get it this year.
“I had no hesitations whatsoever about taking it. Obviously for me it’s an honour and something of great pride, and it’s something that I’m really looking forward to doing.
“Pipey was here for the Jena game so I spoke to him briefly about the captaincy and he wished me luck and all the best.
“You can see the confidence is good in training, the lads are working hard and everyone is just buzzing for Saturday now.”