ANDY MORRISON insists that Connah's Quay Nomads only target is victory at Llanelli on Sunday.

Morrison is too experienced to make any bold predictions before a ball has been kicked, especially with The New Saints and big spending Bala Town as rivals.

Instead, Morrison is focused on starting the campaign on a winning note against newly promoted Llanelli, who he went to watch last weekend.

"It's all about getting into Europe for a club of our stature," said Morrison, who continued: "Our target is Llanelli away and that's the big one.

"I don't think there is a real shift of power. I still think ourselves and Bala are two of the stronger teams outside of TNS, but you've now got Llandudno, who have been able to pay very good money to compete.

"They've been able to offer better contracts to Kai Edwards and Mike Pearson than what we offered them, so it makes it even more competitive.

"There are other teams that have done a lot of business in the summer, but we are delighted with what we've done."

Morrison expects Llanelli, who were led to promotion by the now departed former Swansea City and Wrexham striker Lee Trundle, to be tricky customers on home soil on Sunday.

"There will be a lot of energy there after they came up," said the ex-Manchester City captain. "Ideally you don't want to play them. They say you don't want to play a team that has been promoted because of the energy around the place.

"We will be ready. That's the key element of any level of football - being ready.

"We were ready going into the Shakhtyor Soligorsk games, we were ready last season."

Striker Michael Wilde, who is pushing for a start after recovering from injury that ruled him out of Europa League action, is keen for Nomads to keep progressing.

He said: "Last season, winning the Welsh Cup can be seen as a step forward, but we've got to go one better.

"If that means reducing the points TNS win the league by, or if we can actually challenge and put some pressure on."

Summer signing Jack Kenny is of a similar opinion to Wilde, insisting that the Nomads' squad is capable of challenging at the top end of the table.

"The squad is stronger this year than it was last year and I'm looking forward to being a part of it," he said. "For the team, we want to win the league, that's what we want to do.

"We want to challenge TNS for the top spot."