Plymouth Argyle will be aiming for promotion next season
PLYMOUTH Argyle will be aiming for promotion from League Two next season, club owner James Brent has declared.
However, Brent warned the Pilgrims' pursuit of success in 2012/13 would not be at any expense.
Argyle, as a club, are still recovering from the consequences of spending beyond their means under the former boardroom regime at Home Park.
They were in administration for seven months before Brent rescued them from football oblivion, and only narrowly avoided relegation from the Football League this term.
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But now free from debt and with the support of the Green Army behind them, Brent knows it is possible for the Pilgrims to turn around their fortunes – and soon.
He told Herald Sport: "I can't see that a club like Argyle should be doing anything other than competing to win.
"That's always the aspiration and what we will drive towards.
"But given what the club has been through, if we fail to meet that aspiration no-one is going to be reckless."
Brent hopes to retain the services of manager Carl Fletcher and his coaching staff of Romain Larrieu and Kevin Nancekivell next season.
Talks have taken place with all three of them, and they are already planning for 2012/13, but agreements are not yet in place.
Brent admitted the intention was to add to Argyle's squad this summer so they were capable of challenging at the top of the table next season, rather than scrapping to stay up.
But he is placing a lot of importance on the club producing their own players, such as midfielder Luke Young, the club's young player-of-the-year for 2011/12.
Brent said: "I think everyone's belief is we have a good core to the squad and we also have some very good youth coming through.
"Seeing it all come together for Luke Young, for example, in the last couple of games was great.
"So it's really a combination of making sure we develop our own young players and build on the core that we already have. The intention is to add to the squad."
The cautious mood of optimism at Home Park has been reflected in the demand for 2012/13 membership packages, which include a season ticket for the League Two campaign.
At times this week, Argyle have been selling them at the rate of one every two minutes.
Launched under the banner of 'Join the Club', the variety of packages have been customised to appeal to different sections of the Green Army.
Added exclusive member benefits include a replica shirt; a programme at every home match; subscription to the Pilgrims' premium online audio and video service, Argyle Player; invites to regular club events; priority tickets for home cup games; and discounts in the Argyle Superstore, at Akkeron Hotels and for Saltrock clothing.
An Argyle spokesman said: "We are delighted the new membership packages are proving very popular.
"It really chimes in with the feel-good atmosphere at Home Park at the moment.
"Fans believe the green shoots of recovery experienced following the takeover by James Brent and the appointment of Carl Fletcher and Romain Larrieu will continue to grow.
"They can see we have an ambitious new owner and one of the brightest young managers in the game to lead us with confidence into the new campaign."
FOR further information about 2012/13 membership packages, contact the Argyle box office (telephone 0845 872 3335) or check the club website, www.pafc.co.uk.