Stevenage manager Graham Westley says his side will learn on past mistakes as they prepare to kick off their League 2 campaign.
The Hertfordshire club were relegated last season but have seen the arrivals of 12 new players at the Lamex.
Saturday’s opponents Hartlepool also had a tough season finishing three places above the relegation zone but manager Westley is ready for a tough match.
“The past is a guide I guess to what might be going on in the future, but any squad could grow during the course of a summer, young players have got a year under their belt, they can come back a little bit stronger,” said the 46-year-old, speaking to The Comet.
“You can’t look at the past and just assume that because they were a bottom side struggling against relegation [that]is going to still be there and they may well have improved and we will assume they are better than that.
“We will prepare ourselves to go in and play a side that could well finish immediately behind us in the league.
“We will be going in to the game at the weekend ready to give everything that we’ve got so that we can destroy the game,” he concluded.
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