New North Tamworth captain Adam Greentree is confident his side can be a force to be reckoned with this season.
After finishing fourth last season, the incumbent skipper is hopeful his side can take the next step and challenge for the premiership.
"I have no doubt that if we play to our potential, we can go all the way this season," Greentree said.
"Our fielding let us down at times last season, so that is certainly something we will be looking to improve on this year.
"We proved last season that our best can measure up with anyone - this season will be about doing that on a consistent basis."
Stepping into the role after Brendan Rixon relinquished the captain's duties, Greentree said he would be eager to "lead from the front".
"I captained quite a bit of junior cricket and I have always thought that leading by example was the best way to go," he said.
"It's the way I've always liked to captain and I'm hoping I can sort of show our guys the way a little bit."
Norths will enter the new season without one of last season's top performers after Jayden Tasker announced he would be playing in Inverell.
"Jayden is a big loss, but I'm confident we have enough talented guys to cover for him," Greentree said.
"If guys like the Rixon brothers and Nick Farrer are able step up and play consistent cricket, we should be right in the mix.
"Hopefully we can start well on Saturday."
Note: By press time last night, rain had arrived, but there had been no decision about the whether the round's matches would go ahead or not.