Burnley manager Brian Laws has been hugely encouraged by his summer signings going into the new npower Championship season.
The Clarets have snapped up Ross Wallace, Chris Iwelumo, Dean Marney and Lee Grant, making them among the favourites for promotion with bookmakers.
And Laws admits his summer recruitment drive has left him in hugely optimistic mood ahead of Saturday's season-opener at home to Nottingham Forest.
He told Press Association Sport: "I'm delighted with the signings and you would have thought these lads had been here for years.
"They have settled in so quickly and that is testament to the players who were already here because they've made them feel so welcome.
"The disappointment of last year has just melted away and now they are seeing a squad being put together with real competitiveness."