Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth admitted he would love to better last season's 17th placed finish in League One next term as Wanderers get set for their first pre-season match on Saturday.

Ainsworth's squad are set to face National League side Barnet at The Hive this weekend as the Blues boss prepares his side for another arduous campaign in the third tier of English football.

Reflecting on a well earned break, Ainsworth explained that although no real targets had been set yet, finishing higher than 17th is one he would dearly love to achieve.

He said: "I would love to beat that 17th place.

"I think if we can grow that would be important. We will see. We can give some targets closer to the start of the season but it would be nice to build.

"We seem to be a building club over the last five years and this plan we had a place came to fruition.

"It is early days for another plan. We will get together and make another plan and find out what that looks like.

"At any football club you have to keep progressing forward and keep building and we intend to do that.

"I would have intended to do that with all the huge budget cuts that came in. We still would have managed to build somehow.

"With the investment it may be slightly easier but it is never an easy job but there are some very supportive people in the building.

"We have a fantastic fanbase and some potential ones coming in as well.

"It is nice and comforting to know that Wycombe could be back to where we were at least and being able to build on what we have done in the last five years and it would be a great achievement if we can."

In terms of pre-season, Ainsworth at this stage is hoping his players can continue to get their fitness up to speed as they prepare for the first of five matches before the first game on August 3.

He added: "I think Barnet will be slightly ahead of us in terms of fitness.

"These non-league clubs come back earlier and we have to make sure we get minutes in the boys' legs.

"It isn't about results. It is about seeing the right things on the pitch. The result is secondary.

"There is no benchmark. It is about making sure everyone is right come August 3."