Dons boss Karl Robinson believes his side can take a lot from a difficult 2013/14 season.
Injuries to a number of key players – including Dean Bowditch, David Martin, Antony Kay and Ben Reeves - contributed heavily to the Dons not obtaining a top-six finish, with Robinson’s men ending the Sky Bet League 1 campaign in 10th.
“The last few days have been a bit of reflection,” he said.
“We feel with the squad we had at the beginning of the year, if we had finish 10th we would have failed. But you look at what’s gone on throughout the year and a finish in the top 10 is an achievement.
“From an external point of view people see that we’re 10th and it’s right that we’re judged on that, but I think the Club’s in a stronger position now than we were at the start of the season.
“We’ve got some unbelievable youth players and tremendous assets, and I think the senior players have stood up and been counted too.
“People would say we’ve taken a step back this season and in some areas we have but in some respects we’ve taken steps forward.
“We’ve got a lot to learn from this year which will make us stronger.”