Neal Ardley has laid his cards on the table ahead of the new League Two season saying: “We’re going for promotion” and he is ready to let others decide his fate if they come up short.

The Dons kick-off the new campaign on Saturday at the Cherry Red Records stadium against Shrewsbury Town.

And after a plethora of stellar signings over the summer, there is a growing sense of anticipation among Dons fans around the CRRS, as well as from the wider football community.

Ardley said: “Expectations are a funny thing. Every team wants to have a go at promotion and we’re no different.

“If you look at York City last year, they had just survived relegation, they then started poorly, but got into the play-offs.

“They’ve signed some good players and they will be having a right go at it.”

He added: “Now people might look at us and who we have signed and might think we’re having a go.

“And they’re right, we’re going for promotion. If we have a good work ethic every week, then we have a chance.

“If we fall short and finish mid-table, to me that is progression, but I will let others decide it that is good enough.”