Watford defender Martin Taylor says he hopes the Hornets can shake their inexperience tag next season.
Malky Mackay's squad for Saturday's featured 11 players aged 22 or younger.
But Taylor, 31, told BBC Three Counties Radio that the current campaign will have galvanized the club's youth.
"The youngsters will come back next season and we might not be the young squad everyone was talking about this year," he said.
"There'll be a hell of a lot more experience in the squad so it will be a huge positive for next season."
Despite having to delve into the club's academy and working on a shoestring budget Mackay has had a successful campaign at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets gave themselves a shot at the play-offs until they hit a poor run in March.
But they also have the satisfaction of beating each of the Championship's promoted sides QPR and Norwich.
"We know we've competed in every game we've played this season," Taylor added.
"There's been parts of games where we haven't and we've been out played but they've been few and far between.
"We've done very well, especially against the teams at the top - the bigger teams - and that's always going to give us confidence, particularly with a young squad."