Stuart WEBBER says Huddersfield Town started planning for an exciting 2016-17 campaign as soon as David Wagner walked through the door.
The club’s ambitious football operations chief was central to the German head coach’s appointment.
He thought Town had got the right man then, in November, and he’s seen nothing since to change his mind.
Webber, who arrived from Wolves to succeed Ross Wilson last summer, accepts Town will never be able to throw money at a promotion tilt.
But he maintains the Premier League is a possibility – and says the fans who can watch 23 league games for just £179 through the season-card offer have a big part to play as well.
“We are in a very competitive division – 24 teams want what only three can have,” said the Welshman.
“We’re realistic about things, and we know we have still to secure our status in this division for next season, but we’re also ambitious - (chairman) Dean Hoyle, myself, David Wagner and his staff and hopefully everyone involved with the club.
“I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to come here if I thought being average was the limit of our objectives.
“What’s the point in us all getting out of bed in the morning and coming into work if we don’t want to strive for the best? We certainly wouldn’t have David Wagner here if that wasn’t how we sold our vision to him.”
Webber, who is looking forward to working with incoming chief executive and former Town player Julian Winter, says Wagner is at the core of Town’s future path.
“We have a method of how we believe we can progress,” he explained.
“It’s about the right coach, what we think is the right way of playing for us as a club, the right recruitment of players and an academy and development system working to support the first team and produce what we can’t buy.
“In David, we have someone who has given us an identity, a definite style.
“Not everyone will agree with it or like it, and it’s not the only way of being successful.
“But what we do know is that a lot of opposition managers have said it is hard to play against, and that it has brought us some success already.
“It’s a style we can work on and develop.
“And keep in mind that David arrived mid-season and has largely worked with the players he inherited.
“You look at it and say how good could we be with a full pre-season under David and three or four new senior players? Where can that take us?”
Webber continued: “The budget we work to means we have to be smarter in terms of recruitment.
“It takes a coach who is open-minded, willing to work with a player who might not have been a success somewhere else but can be in our system.
“We are well down the line in terms of our summer targets, and we believe we can add the right players to our squad.
“And while we will have some new players, those we have here already will have a valuable season of experience under their belts.
“I’m thinking of players like Joe Lolley (inset) , Philip Billing, Kyle Dempsey, Harry Bunn and Tommy Smith. It’s crucial a Huddersfield Town coach must also be willing to give opportunities to the players we have produced ourselves.
“David has already done that and he knows he has our backing, because we are all in this together. We succeed together, and if we fail, we fail together.
“Of course our supporters are vital, and they can certainly give us that push forward.
“At the club we are all really excited about what is to come, and we’re excited about the potential crowds the season-card offer can give us. Let’s all pull together and let’s have a really good go.”