After the euphoria which accompanied victory in the Championship play-off final against Watford, manager Ian Holloway was quick to rediscover reality, claiming his Crystal Palace side need plenty of work ahead of the new season if they're achieve survival in their first season back in the Premier League since 2004/05.
Straddling the fine line between retaining belief in his current squad and demanding substancial funds in the summer months, Holloway has proven himself to be a wiley fox in the second tier, but is yet to succeed in the top flight; a task made all the more difficult with co-chairman Steve Parish claiming resources may be tight.
Business so far
After his loan spell from Brighton and Hove Albion, Stephen Dobbie has made the move to Selhurst Park permanent having helped the club to promotion while Peter Ramage and Owen Garvan have both penned new deals. Kevin Phillips is among those players having been offered new contracts ahead of the 2013/14 campaign and is keen to stay on. The two confirmed departures are Wilfried Zaha, who has re-joined Manchester United, and Jermaine Easter, who has moved to Millwall on a permanent basis.
What they need
Danny Gabbidon is among those players bidding for a new deal, and his performances in the play-offs suggest he is equipped in mind and matter to make the step up again to the Premier League. Holloway's side are built on defensive resilience, and should they be without Glenn Murray heading into the new campaign, the club will be desperate for extra attacking and creative options.
Who could join
The window might be somewhat in its infancy, but already Palace have been linked with a number of the Premier League also-rans. Stoke City's Charlie Adam, who starred with Holloway's Blackpool in the top division, the divisive Peter Odemwingie and ex-West Ham United forward Carlton Cole are among the early candidates to add experience to Palace's squad
Who could leave
Without Zaha and possibly Murray, much of The Eagles' hopes rest on Wales international Jonathan Williams, who has attracted interest from Manchester City after his tidy passing game impressed in the Championship. Should Murray recover from his debilitating knee injury, then Fulham are understood to lead the race for the ex-Brighton forward, who netted 31 goals last season.
What the manager has said
"It all starts now for me because the minute we kick off next season we're on a hiding to nothing," said Holloway. "We've got to make sure we can compete and I want to stay there." Palace fans can expect plenty of activity, but big money coups are likely to be few and far between.