KYNETON coach Mark Adamson is confident his side can make an impact first season back in the Bendigo Football Netball League.
Adamson coached Golden Square to a BFNL premiership in 2009 before going on to assistant roles at the Bendigo Pioneers and Bendigo Gold.
He reacquainted himself with Bendigo football this season by having a good look at this year's BFNL finals series.
"The standard was where I thought it would be,'' Adamson said.
"Since I was last involved in the league some very good players have come into the league.
"The number of top liners in the league has gone up, but I wouldn't say the overall standard has increased a lot."
From what he's seen over the past six weeks, Adamson said the Tigers have every right to push for a top-five berth in 2014.
"Strathfieldsaye have done really well and they'll be up there for a while,'' he said.
"We say every year that Golden Square's run is going to stop, but they've still got a very strong core of players and they'll be up there again.
"Eaglehawk had an up and down season and finished off well and Sandhurst has a really strong list.
"South Bendigo and Gisborne's success probably hangs in the balance a bit more than it has previously.
"There's a spot or two in that top five or six that's up for grabs.
"It doesn't mean we're going to get it, but it's nice to have that as a goal."
There's a spot or two in that top five or six that's up for grabs.