AFC Wimbledon achieved their highest ever Football League points total last season but the Kingsmeadow club were far from satisfied from finishing 15th in League Two.
The Dons took the scalp of MK Dons for the first time in their history thanks to goals from Adebayo Azeez, Sean Rigg and Adebayo Akinfenwa in October.
Premier League side Liverpool visited Kingsmeadow in January in the FA Cup and Wimbledon were unfortunate not to take take something out of the game as Steven Gerrard proved to be their undoing.
But after setting out with hopes of making the play-offs, boss Neal Ardley signalled the chase was over after a stalemate with Northampton in April.
Later that month, Ardley vowed to rip up his squad and rebuild a team capable of going for promotion next term and the Dons are on the hunt for fresh blood this summer.
We’ve taken a look at five things the Wimbledon chief needs to do to try and close the gap on the top seven next season:
1. Sign a replacement for Matt Tubbs
The Dons have been a victim of their own success in the loan market in recent years after both Matt Tubbs and Michael Smith were snapped up half way through their spells at the club.
Pompey’s move for Tubbs midway through last season derailed Wimbledon’s charge for the play-offs and ultimately a lack of a penalty-box predator cost them dearly in the race.
“I know it’s bitten us on the bum a bit,” Ardley said of the Tubbs and Smith departures. “You get the best out of them, play to their strengths, and then it becomes difficult to keep them.”
“I’m proud we brought in two players of their quality for our fans to see scoring goals for us. They were the best players we could get.”
Ardley has a point here - Wimbledon wouldn’t have been able to attract either player to the club had it not been on loan - but the same scenario cannot happen again next season.
If he does have to go down the loan route again, making sure whoever he signs is staying for the long-term is an absolute must.
2. Keep hold of James Shea
Former Arsenal goalkeeper James Shea proved an inspired signing by Ardley last summer as he trusted Dave Anderson’s recommendation and made the former Harrow Borough man his new No 1.
He would have been an ever-present between the sticks last term had injury not sidelined him towards the end of the campaign.
The club tied him down to a new contract in January and it was nothing less than the shot-stopper deserved after a magnificent debut campaign.
And that club prove a shrewd move given the murmurings on the transfer grapevine this month that there could be Championship clubs sniffing around Shea during the transfer window.
Backup keeper Ross Worner was allowed to leave Kingsmeadow as part of a five-player clear-out.
3. Come up with a winning formula for away fixtures
It’s hard to believe but AFC Wimbledon are still waiting for their first three points on the road in 2015.
Granted, the season is over now and there aren’t any up for grabs at the moment.
But it is well worth highlighting the statistic that, along with a lack of a replacement for Tubbs, is why the season finished on such a flat note.
Ardley made ending that wait for a victory on the road one of his two key objectives as we approached the end of the 2014-15 fixture list, however defeat at Bury in their last away outing ensured they’d have to wait all summer for the chance to put things right.
If the Dons can replicate their home form when heading up and down the country in 2015-16, we should be looking at genuine play-off contenders.
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4. Find and keep a steady centre-back pairing
Shea might have remained a constant in the Wimbledon goal but the defenders in front of him changed a lot over the course of the campaign.
Andy Frampton and Alan Bennett boasted plenty of experience but as Ardley often said: “They’re no spring chickens any more.”
Bennett returned to Ireland while injuries caught up with Frampton and he was forced to hang up his boots.
Adam Barrett proved a hit after joining on loan from Gillingham, but they lost him along with Tubbs in January as he rejoined Southend and won promotion in January.
Dave Winfield was parachuted in on loan from York but was recalled due to an injury crisis and another loanee, Jake Goodman, has already been told he won’t be returning.
Deji Oshilaja impressed Ardley having arrived on loan from Cardiff but the Dons boss has privately accepted that the Bluebirds ace is beyond his reach this summer.
5. Continue pushing the young guns through
Youngsters Tom Beere and Will Nightingale enjoyed breakthrough seasons and are expected to remain in the Ardley’s plans for next term.
Defender Ryan Sweeney, who was this summer called up to the Republic of Ireland’s U18s squad , is also pushing for starts in the heart of the defence in 2015-16.
AFC Wimbledon’s youth system produced Pat Roberts, now a rising star at Fulham and transfer target for Manchester City, not so long ago.
These academy players can help pad out the squad and their low wages will allow the Dons to shell out the big bucks for a few more high profile signings like Bayo Akinfenwa.