Lewis Young emphasised the competitive nature of the Reds squad when he previewed Saturday afternoon's game at home to Chelsea.
The defender pointed to the intensity of the training sessions and the decisions Harry Kewell has to make as being an indication of how hard the side has been working over the previous few weeks.
"We've got a lot of competition for places and everyone's working really hard," he told iFollow Crawley.
"I think you can see how hard we've been pushed - everyone's flying about in training and that's just how the manager wants it.
"You just really want to be in that one to eleven when the manager makes his selection at the weekend."
The game against the Blues will see the side run out in front of the home fans for the first time under the new management - and Lewis insisted all of the team are looking forward to getting back out in front of the home support at the weekend.
"Me and the boys all can't wait to get back out on the pitch," he continued.
"The last game here was full of excitement against Mansfield Town and that game stuck with a lot of us.
"As soon as you come back for pre-season you look for when the first home game is - and for us that comes when we play Chelsea and we can't wait to get started."
After signing a new one-year deal with the club in the summer, the full-back is lookiing forward to working under the new management team with some new faces.
"I've bumped into some fans and they share my excitement about the new season too.
"That comes from meeting the new players and seeing the new manager because we all know he's a big name - now we can't wait to show people what we've been working on in training."