BURTON Albion captain Lee Bell believes that keeping the squad together is more important than bringing in “two or three superstars” as the Brewers look to go one better next season.
Albion reached the League Two play-off final last month before being cruelly defeated by Fleetwood Town.
However, they were in and around the automatic promotion places for much of the season, and Bell says the team will not need too much strengthening to push on.
Bell has recently agreed new terms, along with defenders Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, Ian Sharps and Phil Edwards, goalkeeper Dean Lyness and striker Dominic Knowles.
And he said: “I think it’s a good thing that the gaffer is trying to keep the team and squad together as best he can.
“You look at the other teams who’ve reached the play-offs recently and they’ve had to dismantle and start again.
“Having that togetherness is better than signing two or three superstars.”
Albion have also brought in midfielder John Mousinho from Preston and young defender George Taft from Leicester City, as well as tying up the futures of their own youngsters, Liam Slade, Marcus Harness and Joe Doyle.
Bell believes the team needs improvement in the forward department but said: “I don’t think we’ll be far off.
“We weren’t far off this season in terms of being promoted automatically - we were right up there.
“It’s too early to be talking about that now but we’re all pulling in the right direction.
“We’ve signed the big centre-half from Leicester (George Taft), who I’m hearing good things about.
“And I expect the manager to strengthen up front, which is probably where we struggled last season.”
Bell still finds it difficult to talk about the day at Wembley, but insists the team can draw strength from that setback.
“Obviously, we were very disappointed with the result at Wembley,” he said.
“We have to ask ourselves ‘did we do enough?’, and I don’t know.
“Personally, I have played better, so maybe I could have done more, but it wasn’t through a lack of trying.
“We certainly left it all out on the pitch.
“The lads take great confidence from the game, and it’s a day we won’t forget.
“We certainly don’t want to experience that again, watching another team celebrate while we’re distraught on the pitch.”