The City Knights player coach wants his side to put in consistent performances rather than worry about winning any potential silverware.
York began their 2012 season with wins over Doncaster, Gateshead and Swinton before losing to Sheffield in their final Northern Rail Cup match.
But Thorman says his side have set more realistic goals. They have since lost their two opening Championship games, against Dewsbury and Halifax.
He said: “We have to have a focus so we will certainly be targeting the play offs, and top six finish in a 10 team competition is not out of the question.
“I’m a winner, I like to win things and I’m competitive. But at the same time I’m a realist and I think it’s important to have perspective and considering what we achieved last year.
“I want more consistent performances, I want us to stay in the arm wrestle a bit longer and I don’t want our lines to get blown out when we go to places like Leigh or Halifax.”
Throman is more than happy with his squad after getting them to play well despite being under strength on occasions this year and insists he has confidence in the squad to take a step back from playing and look at the bigger picture from a coaching prospective.
He said: “We made a lot of changes and lots of people got an opportunity, but we got the wins which is the main thing.
“I need to take a backward step and as a head coach, have an overview of how things are going. Occasionally that’s going to happen.
“We have hopefully people who are capable of stepping in for me and taking that opportunity and I’m excited to see how those guys that come in for me are going to play.”