Daryl McMahon wants Ebbsfleet to be challenging for promotion to the Football League next season.

Fleet are seven points outside the play-offs ahead of their Easter double-header against Eastleigh and Dover. With two games in hand over the Whites, breaking into the top seven isn’t out of the question yet but boss McMahon is thinking longer-term.

He said: “I thought if we got into the top 10 this season it would be a good achievement in our first time back in the division.

“I don’t think any of the promoted teams will get into the play-offs this season, or the teams who got relegated. It’s the teams who have been here and seen it, year in, year out, who have strengthened over time and I think we’re going through that process now.

“We’ve had a really good season and we can look back on many games and think ‘we could have won that one’ like anyone can but the last eight games will show us a lot about us preparing for next season. I want to be in the mix next season, to be higher than we are now.

“We’re three or four players short. We’ve operated with one striker all season because Darren McQueen has been out and that’s an area we need to improve on.

“I’m not going to reveal all my secrets now but we need to do a lot of work in the summer.”

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