Tranmere Rovers centre-back George Ray is confident that the Club can enjoy a positive season in Sky Bet League One.
Micky Mellon’s men host Rochdale at Prenton Park next Saturday as Rovers return to the third-tier of English football for the first time since 2014.
Warrington-born Ray, 25, who signed for TRFC on a two-year-contract after leaving Crewe Alexandra, believes the Wirral outfit can hold their own in a division which will contain the likes of Sunderland, Ipswich Town and Portsmouth.
Ray said: “We are confident as a group of lads. The manager has said ‘play how we have been taught,’ to try and keep clean sheets and give it everything you have got every game if we are going to have a good season.”
Having spent over a decade at Crewe, starting in the academy at Gresty Road before going onto captain the Railwaymen, Ray made the first transfer of his career with his Tranmere switch.
And the defender is pleased with how he has settled in at TRFC and the welcome that he has received from his new team-mates.
He added: “It’s quite hard coming into a new club with a different group of lads when I’ve been somewhere all of my life, Jacko has helped me through it, telling me what to do defensively.
“I have settled in fine. The lads have been great so far and have been very welcoming. It is different from Crewe and it has been great to settle in.”