New Leicester Tigers head coach Aaron Mauger believes the club can still compete at the top in England and Europe this season.
Mauger played for Leicester between 2007 and 2010 after winning 46 caps for the All Blacks.
Now back in England to work with Richard Cockerill, Mauger has high hopes for the new campaign.
"I believe we can be one of the leading clubs in the Premiership, if not Europe," Mauger told the Leicester Mercury.
"We are here to be a successful team this year. There are some very good players here and some damn good people, too."
Mauger's thoughts aren't just short-term, with plans in place to strengthen the side over the next three years.
"There are things that we want to put in place that are more mid-to-long term in order to make sure that the club is successful over the next two or three years, and ensure we can make that sustainable," he added.
"It's not just what this team does, it's through the system and down to our academy boys, too.
"When those players come through, they must have the ability to perform on the biggest stage.
"There is a lot of 'big-picture' stuff we are working on to make sure that what we are doing is sustainable. But I still believe that we can be successful and be lifting trophies this season."