Jim Chapman has been feeling “inspired” at Galabank since taking over from Harry Cairney.
The Annan Athletic boss has faced a baptism of fire in the last month but he believes his players have proven they can match any team in the division.
This weekend they travel north to face yet another play-off rival in the shape of Elgin City after letting slip a late lead at Hampden last weekend.
Chapman said: “It will be another tough game for us against a team above us in the league and challenging for a play-off place but we have shown in recent games we can match anyone – now all we need to do is get a another win. I’m feeling really confident.”
There has been plenty of activity in transfer market at Annan in the past couple of weeks. Something the manager says is essential to improving the depth of squad at his disposal.
The former Dumbarton boss continued: “We have extended Harry Monaghan’s loan at the club until the end of the season and I’m delighted.
“We just want to make the squad more competitive by adding to the strength and depth at the moment.”
Other new signings included 20-year-old former Greenock Morton striker Lewis Hawke until the end of the season and Queens starlet Dan Orsi, 20, on a month’s loan.
On the way out were Jack Steele and Kieran McGachie.
Andrew Donley has also left the club – but just for a month – signing for St Cuthbert Wanderers on loan. The striker played and scored in their 1-1 draw at home to Newton Stewart last Saturday. While Jack Steele turned out for the visitors.
Chapman said of the loan deal: “I just wanted Andrew to get some match sharpness back and he is still very much in my plans. I want to build relationships with the local clubs but it was Andrew’s own choice to go to Saints. He should hopefully play more games there than if he’d gone elsewhere.”