ROBBIE Weir hopes that Burton Albion's new signings can help them build on what have been two successful seasons at the club.
Since the midfielder's arrival at the Pirelli Stadium, the Brewers have enjoyed back-to-back appearances in the League Two play-offs.
And after signing a new two-year deal in the summer, Weir is hoping for more of the same – or better.
"Over the two years I've been here we've got to the play-offs and this year, well, let's wait and see," he said.
"Hopefully this year and next is a big plus for me."
Five new signings – Jon McLaughlin, George Taft, Lucas Akins, John Mousinho and Stuart Beavon – started Saturday's 1-0 win at Oxford.
All played their part, with Beavon setting up the winner for Akins, and Weir says their signatures show Burton are a club on the up.
"The signings the gaffer has made – I don't think those kind of players would come if they didn't think the club was going places," said the 25-year-old Northern Irishman.
"Bev, Lucas, Mous are a big, big plus for us, as players, and as a club that the gaffer can attract players like that.
"With those signings, it's going to be harder for everyone to try to get into the starting XI – it keeps everyone on their toes.
"But I think that will be a big plus during what is a long old season.
"It's a squad game rather than just the starting XI."
Winning on the opening day – especially for Burton, who have never done that as a Football League club – is a big boost, but Weir accepts the need to do more.
"It was important to get the three points, rather than playing well," he said. "I thought in spells we were a bit sloppy towards the end, and personally I thought I was sloppy at times."
On his new deal, Weir said: "I wouldn't have signed if I didn't feel at home or feel welcome. It was a big plus the club wanted me to stay."