Mark Howard says the disappointment of failure to achieve promotion via the play-offs has made him a 'stronger person' and he says that will act as added motivation during the 2015/16 campaign.
The 28-year-old amassed 50 starts in all competitions last season and the goalkeeper believes the experience of both the good and bad moments will benefit him next term.
Looking back, the stopper said: "Obviously I played a lot of games last season and I was pleased with that fact, although my form was slightly inconsistent, especially after I started suffering with the back injury.
"But I have learnt about myself and my body through those matches and I am now in a better position to make myself stronger both physically and mentally, I am certainly a stronger person than this time last year."
Meanwhile, Howard says the players have reacted positively to the change of manager over the summer.
He added: "Obviously we were surprised to see Nigel (Clough) leave, but those decisions are made by the owners who have the Club's best interests at heart, so as players we just have to get our heads down and work hard.
"The new manager has come in and brought a real positive vibe to the place. It is early days but his approach appears slightly different and we are looking forward as a group to embracing the change for the good of the team next season.
"The Gaffer is a calm person, he is very good at interacting with players both individually and collectively and we have already had some positive meetings about moving forward and ironing out the problems which hampered us at times last season."