Burton Albion forward Lucas Akins hopes that another year in football under his belt can help both himself and the squad as the kick-off for the new season draws ever closer.
Akins, one of the few remaining Albion players to have been part of that rollercoaster ride from League Two in 2014 to the Championship just two years later, also reckons the element of surprise will have worn off on some clubs.
Albion shocked the likes of Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Derby County at the Pirelli Stadium last term - and he thinks they will have wisened up to the Brewers' style of play and their Pirelli surroundings.
The 28-year-old may have become more of an asset than he realised to Brewers boss Nigel Clough - with the injury to striker Liam Boyce forcing Clough to move Akins from the positio of right-wing back to up front.
And he did well - proving a handful for Leicester defender Yohan Benalouane and setting up Hope Akpan's opening goal before notching a goal for himself with a cool one-on-one finish past Eldin Jakupovic.
There's certainly a truth to what Akins says - both about how another year, especially in Championship football, will have benefited both him and the team as they head into another season in one of Europe's toughest league.
There is also method in the thinking that club's will now be aware of, for example, the threat Jackson Irvine possesses in the middle, and the effects the pace of Lloyd Dyer can have down the left-wing.
But Akins is heading into this season - starting on Saturday against Cardiff City at the Pirelli - just as excited as last term, with the pressure firmly off the Brewers, who have once again been tipped for relegation.
And he has called on his Albion team-mates to find the motivation to go again, because while Burton have proved they deserve to be punching with the likes of Aston Villa and Leeds United, the Championship can be ruthless - as teams like Rotherham United will testify.
"I'm a year older, a year more of experience and hopefully I've learned a few more things that I can try to put into action," he said.
"I want to try to improve and be better.
"The only difference is probably that other teams are a year more experienced.
"They realise our strengths and weaknesses a little bit more and probably won't take us for granted as much - I'm not saying they did, but the element of surprise may have helped us last season.
"A couple of places we'll be going there again.
"For ourselves, the motivation needs to be there again, because it may not be new. There are new stadiums, but I know the boys thrive on playing in decent stadiums and in front of bigger crowds and stuff like that."
Akins' manager Clough has recruited smartly, bringing in experienced defensive duo Stephen Warnock and Jake Buxton to help bolster their defence.
Again, the Brewers will be visiting some big clubs, with Sunderland and Middlesbrough relegated from the Premier League last term - and Sheffield United coming into the division.
"And now that we have signed more experienced players who are used to that anyway, they can even help us," Akins added.
"I think it'll only be better for us, another 12 months down the line.
"I am just as excited to sample the new stadiums, the big boys that are coming down from the Premier League, and I can't really complain at the teams that have come up as well - they only add to that.
"Again, it does probably make it a bit harder for us, but we'll deal with it and take each game as it comes."