FINN Harps manager Ollie Horgan says survival in the Premier Division is the primary objective in 2020.
Harps begin the new season on Friday night with a home derby against Sligo Rovers with Horgan having added significantly over the closed season.
While additions like Derry City captain Barry McNamee, Shane McEleney, Ryan Connolly, Dave Webster and Shaun Kelly have lifted optimism, Horgan insists that retaining their top-flight status must remain the aim.
“It’s a huge target to have in itself,” Horgan told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.
“Who do we finish above? The side that came up, Shelbourne, appointed a full-time CEO and have signed Gary Deegan and Karl Sheppard.
“It’s difficult to see who we’ll finish above. We need a new team up to speed.”
Horgan saw 12 of his 2019 squad depart while Mark Timlin sustained a cruciate ligament injury.
The Harps boss has had a busy couple of months to make additions to his panel.
He said: “There is a lot of quality in it. It’s a pity we couldn’t have kept what we loss and added what we did. Then we could have had a cut of it.
“We’d love to have kept a portion of what went out. It’s a new side and a new panel and it will take us time. It can’t take us as long as last season to get going.”
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