The Potters midfielder, who turns 35 on Wednesday, is not worried about being one of the team's elder statesmen.
Delap does not feel his fitness has declined in recent seasons and is ready to prove his worth to manager Tony Pulis again this term.
"I'm still feeling fit," Delap said. "In fact I did the bleep test last week and scored the same as I have in the last couple of years.
"I am fit enough, but it is the manager's decision whether I play or not. He has to put the best team out, and whether it has me in or not, I have to get on with it."
And Delap is confident the Potters can build on their efforts of last term, when the team reached the FA Cup final and finished in mid-table.
"That gives us an incentive for this season because you want to better yourself every year," Delap added.