Andy Butler insists Doncaster Rovers will learn from their end of season slump as they look to make an impact in League One next season.
After securing promotion, Rovers lost their final four matches which cost them the opportunity to win the League Two title.
Club captain Butler says there are lessons to be learned from the poor conclusion to the campaign, particularly if Rovers are to have success in the division above next season.
“If you take away these last four games it’s been a brilliant season,” he told The Star.
“I think that’s what we’ve got to take away.
“We’ve been all over the country and put in great performances.
“We have to learn from our mistakes in the last few games but we will do because we are a leaning team.
“There’s young players, good players in this team that will do well for us next year.
“And the older players as well because you need some experience.”
Butler said the players were incredibly disappointed on Saturday after defeat at Hartlepool United when a win would have seen them win the title.
He said: “You win and you win the league – that’s the disappointing thing.
“The dressing room is disappointed, which it should be, because we didn’t deserve to finish third I believe.
“We have to learn from this and go again.”
Rovers yesterday completed the signing of Niall Mason on a permanent deal from Aston Villa.
Mason made 42 appearances on loan from Villa this season and, after he reached the end of his contract at Villa Park, Rovers snapped him up on a two-year deal.