Stoke City defender Danny Collins sees no reason why Tony Pulis' side cannot finish in the top half of the Premier League this season.
The Potters exceeded expectations by finishing 12th last term when they had been tipped to be relegation certainties and they have built on those solid foundations so far this season.
After almost a third of the season they are ninth in the table - ahead of the likes of Everton, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.
Collins, who moved to Stoke from Sunderland on the last day of the summer transfer window, said: "Last year, it was all about staying in the league and you aim to build on that.
"We're in the top half at the minute. Our aim is to finish in the top half and that will be a building step.
"Personally, I don't see why we can't finish eighth or ninth this year.
"Apart from the disappointment of the Hull game (a 2-1 defeat ) we've only lost to three of the big four teams.
"We've been doing the right things and beating the teams around us. If we get to Christmas in a good position, we can push for that top-half finish."