Over the years Harbour View have been one of, if not, the most consistent premier league team during the 38-game league format started in the 2007/08 season.
In fact, only three teams — Harbour View, Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens — have won under that Scottish-copied league format, and with a return to the cup format, will certainly put everyone on a knife's edge knowing they can't afford to slip-up in those crucial play-off style conditions.
Last season. Harbour View won by eight points and head coach Harold Thomas, who takes over from Vinimore Blaine, know the 'Stars of the East' will be marked for death and have their hands full defending their title.
"Even before we were defending champions people wanted to beat us so it is probably twice as bad now. But nothing has changed because we have always played with that bulls eye on our backs and the players are prepared for it," said Thomas.
Harbour View, winners of the premier league on four occasions — 2000, 2007, 2010 and 2013 — will be without the inspirational midfield duo of Jermaine Hue and Evan Taylor for varying reasons.
Kameel Wolfe, the talented Romario Campbell, Kimorlee Brissett and Jaron Richards have moved on to different clubs and the east kingston-based team looks set to struggle this season.
"We have retained quite a few of our players and we have always had a good youth system and a lot of those players are coming through and we expect them to fit in nicely with the experienced players we have and it's looking good," said Thomas, who once coached Rivoli United.
Harbour View were not too busy in the transfer market, bringing in the talented but unsettled James Durrant from Arnett Gardens.
They also acquired former National Under-20 midfielder Davion Thorpe from Reno and Savannah FC fame, Anthony Marks from Reggae Youths in St James and Damarley Oliver of Waterhouse.