Cape Town - Free State Stars head coach Sammy Troughton revealed the club is sill in the process of finalising deals for players as the Premiership season draws closer.
Ea Lla Koto supporters have voiced their displeasure over social media over the lack on transfer activity at the Bethlehem based side and with the release of last season's key forward Thokozani Sekotlong - options in attack have been depleted.
However, the head coach who's been roped in after an impressive season with National First Division side Stellenbosch FC last season - feels there's a real cause for optimism within the side that's toiled at the wrong end of the league table over the past four seasons.
"We are still assessing players from the crucial positions like your center backs and strikers and one hopes that we can hopefully get what we are looking for," he told the club's website.
"I think the initial target is to get out of the relegation and not to be in the relegation rat-race if you want to call it and that is the target initially and who knows if we can achieve that we can play with a bit of confidence.
"The league is tight if you can get a consistent run going you can climb the table so that is what we are looking to achieve.
"It is vital for us in the first three or four games to do well and from there we can get the ball rolling continue with it."
Stars start their league campaign on Saturday, August 19 against AmaZulu.