Andy Butler is convinced Doncaster Rovers are on an upward trajectory after completing his move from Sheffield United.
The 31-year-old centre back penned a two-and-a-half year deal this week and immediately declared Rovers have enough in their locker to reach the play-offs.
Rovers, who travel to Oldham Athletic on Saturday aiming to extend an eight-game unbeaten run on the road, have lost just two of the 13 games that Butler has featured in since the Doncaster-born defender arrived initially on loan from Sheffield United.
And Butler is confident his hometown team are now well set to feature in the League One promotion shake-up.
“I don’t see any reason why we can’t keep this form going,” he said.
“The team’s working really well at the moment.
“We’ve been hard to beat, solid and we’re playing some good football.
“We’ve got some good players coming back from injury too, Nathan Tyson and Kyle Bennett.
“Things are coming together for us, so hopefully we can push on.”
He added: “The top four are doing really well but the rest of League One is so wide open.
“Win a couple of games and you’re in the play-offs or lose a couple and you could be in the bottom three.
“There’s a real opportunity for us to push hard for the top six in the second half of the season and I think we’re capable of doing it.”
Butler also admitted his surprise at where Rovers found themselves when he initially joined the club in October.
“The real surprise for me coming here was that Doncaster were struggling,” he said.
“Training with the lads and then playing in that game with MK Dons, I couldn’t really believe they were down towards the bottom.
“But things have started to come together. You look at things and think it’s just a bit of luck that’s been lacking.
“The Gillingham game massively stands out there. We dominated that first half, they scored through a sloppy goal and we went on to lose the game.
“But I think recently we’ve shown more of what we’re about.
“We’re starting to move towards a position that’s a lot more reflective of where we should be.”