Vlaar: I already can't wait for the new season to start
Ron Vlaar said goodbye to one campaign and immediately set his sights on the new season.
Vlaar admits it's been a tough term for Lambert's Lions.
But the skipper believes there's much more to come from the young, emerging side who finished the season brilliantly.
He thinks the way the team charged back after the festive period to guarantee safety has created a real air of positivity heading into the upcoming campaign.
He said: "It's over now. It's the end of the season. We are staying up, that is the most important thing.
"We had to fight really hard. It was not easy. It was a hard, hard season, mentally and physically.
"But it's been a very good experience for all of us.
"To be honest, I am already looking forward to the new season because in the last few months we have really shown what we are capable of.
"We did a lot better. We really stepped up and got really good results, especially against the teams around us.
"We only lost against the teams at the top of the table. I think we did very well.
"We learnt a lot through the season. For a lot of players it was our first year in the Premier League.
"We had a young team but the experience from this season we will take into next season.
"I really look forward to the new season.
"We have good momentum. We all know what we can do. We can play good football.
"I really look forward. I think we can do a lot better.
"You only want to look up. When pre-season starts, we look to the first game and we will look to do better."
Vlaar also paid tribute to the fans who cheered the team on through thick and thin.
He added: "I have to thank the fans for all their support all season.
"It was not easy for us but it must have been even harder for them. They live and breathe the club and sometimes the results weren't what we or they wanted.
"But it came good in the end. The support was great and it became even better.
"It was great to have them all behind us. I am sure they will be with us again next season."
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