Melbourne Heart football operations manager John Didulica feels the club will only improve in its second season in the A-League.
To use horseracing parlance, Didulica is confident the Heart will be 'better for the run' when they step out for the 2011/12 season after performing considerably well on debut.
The Heart have narrowly missed the finals in their freshman year but Didulica says that all the experience and know-how of competing at the top level, in a season in which the competition has improved so much, will only benefit his club.
''We wanted very much to make the finals, but the season has not been a failure,'' Didulica said.
''Everyone has learnt a lot, we all know much more about it now and we feel that being involved in the race for the play-offs right until the second last week of the season has been a good achievement and given our fans plenty to be happy with.''
Didulica also said that the combination of both experienced players and learning youngsters has allowed the club to build a very strong foundation for the future.
"They have all played a really big role in helping to show the younger players here what is needed to be a professional. Josip (Skoko), John (Aloisi) and Gerald (Sibon) have been invaluable in showing our younger players what is needed and in building the right professional culture at the club," he added.
''And it's not just been all the old players who have made a contribution. We have brought in a lot of good younger players and made some excellent discoveries.
''We will have 20 players to work with before next season starts, which we didn't have this time last year. I am convinced we will be exponentially better next year.''