Salford star Greg Johnson is adamant the Red Devils can make the top four this year.
The winger was left licking his wounds after his side suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Wigan in the opening round of the season, with Salford eventually going down 40-12.
However, the defeat did little to dampen the 27-year-old’s spirits, with Johnson insisting the result didn’t change his aspirations for the season.
“On our day we can beat anyone in the league and we’re definitely a top-four team,” he told TotalRL.
“Last year we finished top four and reached the semi-final of the Challenge Cup. We had a bit of a blip at the end of last year but we can finish top four again and hopefully do a lot better in the eights.
“You’ve seen from the first-half that we can compete with the best. We had a man sin-binned and made a few bad decisions and errors cost us the game, but we can come back stronger for it.
“We’re a tight group, we can pull it back together ahead of Wakefield and get the win.”
Johnson is the club’s most senior winger following the season-ending injury to Manu Vatuvei, who underwent surgery last week.
His absence has left Ian Watson with a backline lacking depth, and Johnson admitted the squad could do with a new addition.
“We could do with another player in,” he admitted.
“We have Derrell Olpherts and Jake Bibby who are good players, but we could do with a utility so if something happens they can come in.
“He’s a very good bloke Manu, he was having a good pre-season and then that happens. We’re all here for him though.
“We’re very tight knit and we have good personnel here. We’re just brothers and a good community. That goes from the staff to the players. We’ll move forward from this.”