BUDLEIGH Salterton are planning a concerted effort to regain the Premier place they lost at the end of the 2013 season.
Two attempts to go back up ended in near misses as both times Budleigh have finished third.
Batting bonus points cost Budleigh in 2014 while not winning enough games did for them last year.
Joel Murphy, who resumed the captaincy last season when Lloyd White left the club, is clear where Budleigh want to be.
“We want Premier Division cricket back at Budleigh and in a competitive division we have a real chance,” said Murphy.
“Brixham and Cornwood ran away with it last season, but looking at this season’s fixtures I reckon anyone of six teams could win it.”
Budleigh have imported Aussie left-arm spinner Matt Junk from the Mosman club in Sydney were Sidmouth’s Josh Bess has spent the last two winters.
From closer to home they have attracted Somerset’s one-day specialist Max Waller, who was integral to Torquay’s Premier title win last season with 33 wickets and 277 runs in just nine appearances.
Add in Exeter University duo Rob Craze, he bowls and bats, along with medium pacer Jack Upton and with what he has already Murphy feels he has a team to challenge.
Waller has the potential to make a difference, but Murphy said he won’t deliver promotion on a plate
“Max is a fantastic signing for us, who will play whenever he can,” said Murphy.
“I have been through the fixtures with him and it looks like he cam make 10-12 games, similar to what he managed with Torquay.
“My view on professional and overseas players is they have to complement your own players, not compensate for them.
“To achieve anything this year, lots of players have to put in performances, not just one or two.”
Budleigh go to Sandford in their first game.
The 2nd XI’s mirror image fixture has been moved to Woodbury to give Ottermouth another week to recover from recent flooding.