Marc Jones who is now one of the clubs longest serving players believes that finishing sixth last season represented a good year's work, which, with application this coming season, could lead to bigger and better things.
"This season, we know where we are, we know last season was a good year for us and we're just looking to build on that and see if we can finish top six again and get in Europe next year.
"We've looked at last season's performances and we know the games where we slipped up, against two of the top-four teams in Leicester and Harlequins, so judging on those performances we probably weren't ready for a top four push last season.
"So I think going forward into next season we might be in a stronger position."
Sharks begin their Aviva Premiership season at home to Bath this Saturday, kick off 2pm, while their first European fixture arrives on October 18, when they welcome Irish outfit Munster to Manchester.
"We know that once you're into European competition it's a difficult season, like in past years when we've been there," said the 27-year-old.
"We've struggled in the league, we haven't got the biggest of squads like Saracens, Clermont and Munster, who have massive squads and can cater for Europe.
"We need to step up. We've heard the 'Group of Death' but we've gone to Clermont and we've won in the past.
"Last season we performed well against Saracens, narrowly losing on both occasions. But this year you never know. On the day any team can beat anyone." Tickets are available for the game on Saturday against Bath at the AJ Bell Stadium, kick off 2pm. Supporters can purchase tickets by phoning 08444-994-994, by calling at the stadium ticket office or online at https://www.eticketing.co.uk/salesharksrugby/default.aspx . If you require a call back please email your name and number to email@example.com