....just looking for some reassurance I guess. I'll start by saying I love the general positive and optimistic atmosphere around the club, I'm not a moaner or generally negative about SAFC and this isn't in anyway a criticism of the club as I think they've done fantastically well since KLD came in. They've already built foundations for us to have sustainable success for the long term future. We're demonstrating that we're a club that will provide a pathway to top Academy talent as well as being a place for the biggest of clubs to send their best prospects to be developed and given opportunities. I think we've placed ourselves perfectly as a club. This is all going to be invaluable for the future and if continued (and I see no reason why it wouldn't be) it will see us reaping the rewards and having plenty of success. But I only see it as a long term project and I still think we're a long way short of being able to gain automatic promotion this season and I can't understand where the optimism and, in many cases, the cocksureness in this regard is coming from. I'm not after short term fixes so not going up this season doesn't bother me as long as we're doing things right and have a proper strategy. So when I make the comparison I'm going to it's not from envy as I wouldn't swap places, or squads, or boards with them if offered. I look at both Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich (Morsy is a huge signing for them as it addresses a load of their deficiencies) as, on paper being way ahead of everyone else. Both their second elevens would still be amongst the strongest teams in the division. Rotherham, Oxford and others are strong too. I still think we'll be some way behind the first two at least come the end of the season if their squads can be properly managed. I have concerns that all these young lads only play about 18 games a season in the junior divisions. I wonder if their bodies and particularly their minds are immediately up to the rigours of a 46 game league 1 campaign on heavy pitches and with high pressure and demands. I wonder how they'll react if things don't go their way, a robustness in that regard is often something that comes with experience. We've got what appears to be some amazing talent now but it still needs developing meaning it is still going to have shortcomings and the players are going to make costly mistakes. Neil is arguably the best of the bunch but even he was anonymous in certain games for the U23's last season, how is that going to translate to a full L1 campaign? Doyle is a phenomenon for a 17 year old but in every game (maybe except Wycombe) he's shown some defensive naivety/weakness, mind it's more than made up for in what he offers from an attacking sense. I like Cirkin but I've already seen a lot pulling him up on certain things. I was at Blackpool and Huggins, whilst looking enthusiastic, has a way to go, same can probably be said of Broadhead. Alves too but perhaps without the enthusiasm. I'm not criticising the players. Just acknowledging they're young and therefore not the finished articles yet. That's fine by me and I'm looking forward to watching them develop but we, as a collective, are going to need to be patient with them and the club. That may mean managing our expectations of not running away with the league against squads full of proven, seasoned quality professionals. Sorry for the long post. Does anyone else share my thoughts that we're not promotion ready yet or fancy countering my points to convince me otherwise?