NEW signing Nicky Bailey believes Millwall have the strength in depth to push for the Premier League this season.
Bailey is one of seven summer arrivals at The Den, joining Stephen Bywater, Steve Morison, Jermaine Easter, Lee Martin, Richard Chaplow and Scott McDonald in putting pen-to-paper on deals with the Lions.
And the 29-year-old reckons these new additions will help make Steve Lomas' side strong contenders in the Championship.
"Given some of the players that have been brought in, I don't see why we cannot sustain a promotion challenge this year," he said.
"The club made a really good start last year and then faded away. But with a bigger squad and more competition for places, that could make the difference. We have people that can score and create goals so if we can get it right, we should have a good season."
Bailey is eager to make a fresh start at The Den after a frustrating spell at Middlesbrough, who released him at the end of last season.
"You could tell the manager there [Tony Mowbray] how many games you have played in a certain position, and how many goals you've scored, and he would just say, 'I can't see it'. The evidence was there but he was the sort of person that would just say 'no'.
"Towards the end I was playing right-back and it just wasn't for me. I am the sort of person that just gets on with it. I didn't play as many games as I wanted to so it was very frustrating by the end. It was probably the right time for me to get out.
"I was playing well the season before last, even though it wasn't in my preferred position, but since then it feels like I've missed a year. That's never really happened to me before and I missed a lot of football – that will make me even more determined to stay in the team."
Bailey joined Middlesbrough from Charlton for £1.4million in 2010 after establishing himself as a goalscoring midfielder – but he feels his reputation has suffered during his time at the Riverside Stadium.
"I feel like I need to prove myself again but I'm the sort of character that doesn't let things affect me," he said. "I don't show any sort of emotions when things aren't going my way or when I'm out of favour, but put me on a pitch and it's a different story.
"I know what I can do if I am given a chance in front of goal. The more goals you score as a midfielder, the more attention and credit people give you. There is going to be tough competition for midfield positions because there are some good players here, but I want to be in the starting XI.
"I think I give it my all every single game. People will see that I never quit. I'm a 100 per cent team player. If there's a chance for somebody who's in a better position than me to score a goal, I will give them the ball every time. Hopefully I'll have more of an attacking role and be given the chance to get forward. I want people to see a bit of the old me."