Jul 17 2012 By Greg Burns
MATT Spring said Wycombe's minimum target this season should be securing a League Two play-off spot.
The 32-year-old midfielder dropped down a division when he left Leyton Orient to join Wanderers this summer.
A summer of transition and fan takeover at Adams Park has left supporters unsure what to expect of their side after relegation last season.
Spring said they are keeping their aims under wraps but admits promotion back to the third tier is on their radar.
He said: “It is early days but if we can get a settled team then we can have a good season. You want to set targets quietly and behind closed doors and we are not going to come out and say we are going to do this or we are going to do that.
“But, with what we have got here, I think we should be looking to get in the play-offs. That has to be our minimum aim this season and there is no reason why we can't achieve that.”
Wanderers kicked off pre-season with a 2-1 win at Blue Square South side Farnborough on Saturday with in-demand striker Stuart Beavon netting both goals.
Fans headed to Hampshire to catch a glimpse of their new signings in action but they would have been left impressed with the youngsters on show.
Seven players from the club's recently closed Academy – Matt Ingram, Anthony Stewart, Kortney Hause, Charles Dunne, Jesse Kewley-Graham, Max Kretzschmar and Matt McClure – all started and impressed.
“It is a good group,” said Spring. “I think I am the oldest so it is a young squad and they are keen to improve and work hard which is key.
“If they keep learning and listening and progressing then I think a few of them can be really good players.”
“We are pleased with the young players,” added boss Gary Waddock. “Obviously with the youth department going, we were keen to make sure the young players continue to develop here and they did that today and put in a good shift.”
Wanderers continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to Forest tomorrow and visit Staines on Saturday.
(PICTURE BY PAUL DENNIS/WWFC)