Ledley King feels good progress was made over the course of last season and insists the squad are looking to build on the foundations laid next time around.
Martin Jol's youthful army finished up in 9th place in the Barclays Premiership after remaining in contention for a top six or seven spot until after the penultimate game of the season away at Middlesbrough.
Injuries to older hands such as Pedro Mendes, Noe Pamarot, Michael Brown and Noureddine Naybet saw to it that we entered the final phase of the season with pretty much a young British and Irish team - just Erik Edman and Fredi Kanoute offered an overseas flavour and boosted the average age slightly, before Radek Cerny was added to the mix.
"We've done well as a team, we are a young side who have come together and showed promise," reasoned the skipper. "We've just got to try and take it on from here."
However, while there has been much encouragement taken and comment made on the potential of our young group, Ledley suggested that the potential of the squad must be realised and not just spoken about.
"I don't consider myself a young player anymore, but we are still a young side with a lot of new players. Once we've played together for a while there can be no excuses and it will be time to deliver."