Max Clayton believes Blackpool’s opening day trip to Bradford City will be the ideal test and provide a benchmark for the League One season ahead.
The Bantams lost out in the Play-Off Final last May – the second successive year they’d finished in the top six – so will be fancied to enjoy another good campaign.
Gary Bowyer’s side look in good shape after a strong pre-season and Clayton is relishing the season opener at a busy Valley Parade.
“We all can’t wait,” he said. “It’s going to be a great game and the boys are more than ready to go. We’ve had a good pre-season and performed well.
"Bradford are the benchmark, they’re going to be up there so it’ll be a tough game and we’ll learn a lot about our players this weekend.
“It’s a very tough start but I think we can have a positive return to League One. It’ll put us in good stead if we put in a good performance at Bradford.”
Clayton is familiar with this level from spells with Crewe Alexandra and Bolton Wanderers, and believes the tag of underdogs could suit his new club.
“It’s a good thing being underdogs, you’re going into games with less pressure. The only pressure is from yourself and the manager, but we think we’ve got a good squad here.
“I was promoted with Crewe to League One and played my fair share of games at this level. Hopefully I can play a good amount of games this year and we can have a positive season,” he added.