SWINDON Wildcats General Manager Steve Nell is setting his sights high ahead of the new National League season and wants to see his team competing for the league title once again in 2019-20.

The Wildcats claimed the first league title in their history last season following a barnstorming 15-game unbeaten run in the early part of 2019.

They fell short in the race for finals weekend in Coventry going out to Bracknell Bees in the play-offs, but Nell is keen to see his side compete on all fronts again this term, regardless of the fact Swindon will enter into the relative unknown.

GM Nell is excited about the prospect of competitive matches every week this season and wants to witness the Cats claim silverware for the third season in a row.

He said: “We’ve got a good team again and we expect to be battling at the top of the league.

“It will be a lot tougher than last year, there is a lot more competition with better teams all the way through, but I’m excited for it.

“I don’t need to relay any message to Aaron, he knows where we are and he knows we’d like to win the league.

“We want to win some silverware and the league is the big one. If we can crack that again, then we’ll have had a great season.

“The end-of-season play-offs in Coventry is another target, but we want to win it all.

“You want to win every game you play in, so we’ll be the same as every other team.”

The new 10-team league will feature the top-five teams from last year’s NIHL One South, the top three from the North structure, MK Lightning and new team Leeds Chiefs.

GM Nell is hoping a more competitive league will see an increase in attendance at the Link Centre – consequently leading to an improvement in the already-excellent atmosphere at home games.

He said: “We average just over 1100, and we had a few 12, 13 and 1400 games, but there’s not going to be any easy games this year and we don’t want that.

“We don’t want easy games as a team or as a club.

“We want fans to come and enjoy a game that we don’t know if we’re going to win before they turn up.

“We don’t want to be in a position where you know you’re going to win every game because that’s bad for the sport and bad for the fans.”