Energetic midfielder Mitchell Rose says only ‘minor things’ will have to be tweaked for the Stags to challenge consistently towards the top of the league next season.
The versatile ex-Crawley Town man followed Jamie McGuire in signing a new deal at the club last week, after impressing in the 2015-16 campaign in many positions.
And Rose is aiming to contribute to the Stags’ quest to become promotion challengers in Sky Bet League 2 next season.
“I think it’s just minor things that we [as a team] maybe can change. I think then, we’ll be ready to compete with the top in the league.
“From an individual perspective, [the lesson I learned is] not to allow myself to get too comfortable in the season – recognising when I do well, how to maintain that at a consistent level throughout the season," Rose said.
“I think that’s through lack of experience maybe. Looking at the season after Christmas time, maybe I did get a little bit comfortable; not intentionally.
“I stepped away from a few things that got me success throughout the season and I’ve got to recognise that next season when I am hopefully playing in the team.”
But despite seeing his own faults, Rose says a chat with boss Adam Murray was the key to improving his season for Mansfield.
“We were able to say ‘this is where we need to be, this is what I need to change’ and then I was able to get back into the team and put in some [good] performances.”
The former Doncaster Rovers and Ilkeston FC man was deployed in many different positions over the course of the season and he is thankful to boss Murray for giving him a chance after impressing during a trial period prior to the 2015-16 season.
“My two better games in the season were at right-back and several of my worst games in the season have been at right-back. My favourite position is probably the right of the midfield three.
“I’m grateful that he (Murray) gave me the opportunity and I’ve been able to reward him throughout the season.”
Mitch Rose’s full interview is available to view on Stags Player HD.