LAST season the Tivoli Gardens fan base went into shock when it was revealed that their ambitions were not to win the title, but to rebuild for upcoming seasons with an emphasis on youth development.
Several senior players were left by the wayside early in the season, but when things started to look really bad with the former champions struggling in the unfamiliar bottom half of the table, a few were brought back in to stabilise the situation.
This year, from the word go, the emphasis is strictly on winning the title for a record sixth time following victories in 1983, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2011.
Assistant coach Alvin Shaw did not mince his words when he spoke of their ambition to improve on last season's sixth-placed finish with 50 points, some 23 points behind champions Harbour View.
"We are expecting to win nothing less," said Shaw.
"We have a much stronger team this year, although we were rebuilding with a set of youngsters... we acquired a few senior players this year, who are going to make the team much stronger," he noted.
The West Kingston-based team has retained the talented playmaker Kaemmar Daley, which is definitely a plus. Jameel Thompson returns after a season with Waterhouse, and the acquisition of Rohan Reid, who was a tower of strength for Arnett Gardens over the years.
But the acquisition that might have heads turning is that of Dwayne Smith, 25, a former Meadowbrook High, Calabar High and former national Under-20 player who was drafted in the Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution from Bethel University in 2012.
"The team is very strong this year and we are expecting to do well. We are expecting to win this year and the players...just the approach they have had towards the preseason with their mentality, and everyone knows what is expected of the club this year, and are on board and putting in the hard work," noted Shaw.
He continued: "The vibes are excellent and they are working hard and the experienced players who have joined us have gelled well and the mood is wonderful. We are going to win this season."
With the old guard of Kasai Hinds, Christopher Jackson, Kemar Flemmings, Rohan Williams, Navion Boyd, and Dane Kelly, Tivoli Gardens will be right there at the death.