Middlesex club captain Neil Dexter believes his side can win the LV= County Championship Division One this season.
We've got to go in with the mentality that we can beat the best teams
Following a successful return to the top flight of English cricket last season, in which the county finished in third place, Dexter believes this season they can go all the way.
"This year we've got to go in with the mentality that we can beat the best teams in the country and we’ve got to believe we are the best now," the 28-year-old told Lord's TV.
"I think last season everyone was doubting us and whether we'd stay up.
"But I must admit I always believed we could've been competing for the title last year."
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Middlesex start their campaign away to Nottinghamshire on April 10 at Trent Bridge and the following week are at Lord's to host Derbyshire.
The side have been impressive in the bowling department in recent years, with England's Steven Finn starring alongside Toby Roland-Jones and Tim Murtagh.
This year has seen a new arrival in the shape of England Lions star James Harris from Glamorgan - with Finn available less often since establishing himself as a regular in all three formats with the national side.
Dexter was pleased that the 22-year-old seam bowler will be playing his country cricket at Lord's, saying: "He's a young guy but he's got an experienced head on his shoulders."
Harris is on the verge of an England debut however, and Dexter admitted that there was a chance the Welshman could join Finn on the international circuit.
He added: "Hopefully we will see a lot of him, but hopefully for his sake we won't."