Lee Peltier is convinced Huddersfield Town can mix it with the Championship’s big boys.
The returning 27-year-old has worn the colours of Leicester, Leeds and Nottingham Forest since leaving Town in 2011.
Leicester, of course, are preparing for life in the Premier League after last season’s fine promotion.
Leeds, now under the command of Italian Massimo Cellino, were the second-best supported club in the Championship after Brighton.
And Forest, where Stuart Pearce has just taken over as manager, are just 12/1 with one bookie to win the divisional title this time around.
Peltier and his teammates will also have to compete with relegated trio Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich.
And Wigan, Reading and Derby are all short odds for success in a campaign which starts in six weeks.
Town have won promotion from League I then finished 19th and 17th in the second tier in the three seasons since Peltier joined Leicester for £1m.
And the Liverpool product, who has signed a three-year contract, insists the foundations are now in place to mount a realistic challenge.
“The club have certainly moved on since my first spell,” he explained.
“They obviously won promotion two years ago, and they have made good signings like James Vaughan.
“He had a number of options, but chose Town because he saw the potential here.
“There has been investment in the training ground, which is excellent.
“And Dean Hoyle has brought real stability to the club, which is very important.
“Things are in place to push on, and I believe we can do that.”
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