Forfar went agonisingly close to going up last season but Station Park boss Dick Campbell believes his side are even better equipped to mount another promotion push this term.
Everyone connected with the Angus side is still hurting over the Loons play-off defeat at the hands of Alloa.
However, Campbell insists that is history and he is just concentrating on the challenge ahead, starting this afternoon with Forfar’s League One opener at Airdrie.
He said: “I was very happy last week with the win and the performance at Queen’s Park.
“I had made a few changes as I was disappointed with the display the week before and I am at the stage where I will not muck around.
“If players are not doing the business then I will not hesitate to make changes.
“However, after our win, I have gone with the same team again for the Airdrie game.
“We have had them watched but as ever, I am more concerned about what my own team do.
“We have a good squad and I honestly believe I have a better team than last year.
“If we play and compete the way we can, I believe we will be up there with the best of them this season.
“Dunfermline have to be favourites to win the league because of their budget and the fact they are a full-time team while Ayr United have also strengthened.
“But we will be looking to mount a strong challenge once again.”