Montrose finished last season well clear of the relegation play-off and above fierce rivals Arbroath - but Ryan Ferguson was still disappointed.
The versatile midfielder admitted that while survival and outdoing the Lichties were positives, he still felt the side had underachieved.
A fine start in League Two had the Mo flying, with the previous year’s flirtation with relegation a distant memory at that point.
But an excruciating series of injuries ravaged Paul Hegarty’s squad, and the manager was left scrambling to replace the absent stars.
That patch of rotten luck put the brakes on the Gable Endie’s impressive start to the campaign and it was a while before they got themselves back together on the park.
And Ferguson, who had no qualms about agreeing to another season at Links Park, said there’s no reason the club can’t look to deliver on that early promise and aim for the promotion play-offs this season.
He said: “We were full of optimism at the start of the season.
“It started off so well and we were hoping to have a great season.
“If I’m being honest it was disappointing where we finished in the end after how we started.
“It’s always nice to finish Arbroath and staying up was a big factor, so we can’t be too down about the season - but I think there’s a lot more to come.
“When we were playing well, teams couldn’t deal with us. We were solid at the back and going forward, we were really good to watch. Then there were weeks where we’d really struggle.
“The run of nine games around Lothian Thistle, we just couldn’t get a result at all and that’s what put a dampener on the season.
“Before then we were up there competing with the rest of them. It didn’t ruin the season but I don’t think we could recover from that.
“It was an easy decision to stay here.
“I’ve liked my time at Montrose, the manager is great with me - he’s hard but fair and at this point in my career I need somebody like that.”