Confidence isn't a problem for Michael Dobson as he expects Walsall to lift the League Two title this season.
Despite his bombast, however, the defender says butterflies will play havoc with his stomach for the remainder of this week until they commence battle at Rochdale in the season opener on Saturday.
Broken fingers sustained against Aston Villa in a friendly won't prevent warhorse Dobson entering the fray as he aims to taste success once more.
The close season signing from League One outfit Brentford spent a large chunk of last season on loan at Reading and saw them lift the Championship title.
Expectations are equally high at the Bescot this season with Richard Money's revamped squad appearing to have a good balance.
But that still won't stop Dobson and his cohorts from enduring churning stomachs until 3pm on Saturday.
He said: "This last week is a funny feeling. For all of pre-season you know that you are going to run and be putting your body under pressure.
"That all changes this week, as your stomach starts churning and you are raring to go.
"It all kicks off this week and everyone is looking ahead to Saturday.
"I don't know how the rest are feeling but I would imagine it is the same.
"Everyone talks about being nervous before a game and I agree with that, as that is a good thing.
"I love playing with pressure on your shoulders as it gives you something to push yourself for.
"If everything was easy every game then what's the point in going out there?
"Personally, I don't want to settle for a top-six finish  I want to be champions."
The 25-year-old will be wearing a specially imported cast from the United States to enable him to play at Spotland.
Splitting your fingers apart isn't fun by any stretch of the imagination but Dobson's bullish character has ensured it is treated merely as an inconvenience.
Mind you a man who is prepared to take on the incorrigible Martin Allen, Brentford's former manager, is unlikely to be a shrinking violet.
Dobson said: "I don't want to say too much about my old manager. He is a character, everyone knows that. It just so happened that we clashed. Enough said really.
"For me, if I have got a manager that inspires me then I play better. The gaffer here inspired me and was the main reason why I signed. I liked his ideas and the way he was so enthusiastic about football."