Reynolds keen to give Power early dividend at Waterford
Last season's race for the First Division title was over after a couple of weeks when Limerick's superiority was clear.
The new Waterford are the favourites this time around, but their head coach Alan Reynolds is adamant they won't streak away in the same fashion.
In reality, the other clubs in the second tier will face a dire year if that scenario unfolds with the absence of a promotion play-off as part of the structural change meaning that first place is the only position that matters.
Longford and Shelbourne have both impressed in pre-season but Waterford's new owner Lee Power has pushed the boat out to bring in Reynolds, director of football Pat Fenlon and a host of Premier Division-standard signings. Kenny Browne's capture from Cork is the marquee addition.
relegated "I suppose everyone is looking at us and saying we're going to do a Limerick on it but I don't believe that because when they got relegated from the Premier Division (in 2015) they kept the bones of their squad for last year," says Reynolds.
"I couldn't say exactly how we'll do but we would be looking to challenge. It's how quick the new players settle and gel that will decide how we do."
As a Waterford man, Reynolds is glad to be part of a new era given that football in the city has been on a slippery slope in recent years. He was player-manager of the side that reached the FAI Cup final in 2004 but the past decade has featured misery on tap.
"I went to two of their games last year and one was an 8-1 defeat by UCD and it's been hard to watch," admits Reynolds.
"I don't know if they would have survived if Lee Power hadn't stepped in. It might have survived for a spell but it was going nowhere. It's positive, and the county seems to be getting behind it."