Millers chief Roy Soule is predicting a tough season ahead in the Evo-Stik First Division North.
Soule, whose side host Burscough on the opening day this weekend, believes there is a cluster of teams capable of winning the league.
He said: “This year the league is super-heavy with lots of title contenders.
“People are talking about likes of Salford, with their new-found wealth, and Droylsden, who have been up there but have fallen down the pyramid system.
“But I look towards the North-East and I think that Darlington and Spennymoor will do well.
“Spennymoor is always a difficult place to take a team.
“There’s some quality teams in the league this year but if I had to pick a team to win it then I’d have to go for one of the those two.”
In terms of the Millers’ preparations, they went down to a fourth consecutive friendly defeat last weekend with a 4-2 loss to Trafford.
Jimmy Constantine and Michael Smith notched consolation strikes for Soule’s men in a spirited effort against a side from the division above.
Last night (Wednesday) a Sheffield United XI, largely made up of youth team players, visited Church Lane for the Millers’ final outing of pre-season.