Gareth Ainsworth says he and his side can’t wait to kick the season off this Saturday at home to Blackpool at Adams Park in Sky Bet League One.
This will be the first time the Chairboys have featured in the third tier of English football since 2012, and after last season’s hard-fought promotion, Ainsworth is firmly focused on keeping them there.
“We’re really looking forward to the opening day,” he said.
“All the hard work and togetherness from last season has earned us the right to be in League One and I am really proud of how far we have come in four years.
“Making the jump in division is always going to be tough as it is a totally new challenge for us, but let’s enjoy it and let’s give it a right go, and try to remain a League One side which is our first aim.
“The boys are ready for a game that means something, pre-season is tough as you can’t really judge anything from those games, it is all about getting ready for that first league game and that can’t come soon enough now.
“We’ve been written off before, and there were those who didn’t think we were capable of getting promoted from League Two.
“So we’ve proved people wrong many times in these last four years, it’s been quite a common theme since that day at Torquay.
“We know we have possibly the lowest budget in the division, but we are not new to the term ‘underdog’ – let’s embrace it and try and cause a few upsets.”
First up for Wanderers is Gary Bowyer’s Blackpool who have had a summer of transition with no fewer than 12 signings through the door.
With the Seasiders looking to build on a mid-table finish last time around, Ainsworth is expecting a stern opener.
“Blackpool will be a very tough test for us.
“They have changed a lot of their squad from last season and Gary Bowyer did a fantastic job last year in comfortably keeping them in the division and they will look to improve on that.
“They are a big, strong side and have some quality players, but so do we and we are at home in our first game of the season and we want to get off to a good start.
“We want to put in a good performance in front of our fans, compete, go out to win the game and see where we are, and by 5pm on Saturday we will have a better idea.”