Derriaghy are expected to be among the favourites for promotion from Section One when the season gets under way at the weekend.
They endured a tough start to the season in 2017, perhaps a hangover from relegation from the top flight. However they finished strongly and a club spokeperson acknowledged that late run will give them confidence as they look forward to the new campaign.
"Last year was a difficult season for us with the club being in the bottom four for most of the season and flirting with relegation.
"However we finished the season strongly and ended up in the top half. We are expecting much better this season where once again we will be led by the talismanic Craig Lewis, but in a hugely competitive league we know it won’t be easy.
"We are particularly looking forward to our derbies against Lisburn, they are always brilliant occasions with big crowds and normally very tight matches.
"Our batting let us down on occasions last year but Reece Malone was one shining light. The hugely talented 16 year old scored four half centuries in nearly scoring 500 runs and after a winter training with Ireland we hope he can progress even further.
"We will also rely on Lewis to score heavily and hope other experienced players like Ross Bailey, Andrew Kenny and Matthew Jennings can deliver big performances.
"Our bowling unit won us a few games last year but also blew hot and cold.
"Lewis and Curtis Moorhead will once again be the figureheads while the pacy Dan Fuzzard will hopefully be available all season."