AN Oxford United fan asked me recently whether I thought this season had been a successful one for Michael Appleton and his team.

To me, the definition of a ‘successful campaign’ can only be measured against the goal you set yourself at the beginning.

Only the dressing room can say what their target was – everyone’s view from outside is purely speculation.

Oxford United finished 13th in Sky Bet League Two and ten points outside the plays-offs.

That’s not the worst season ever – especially when you consider at one stage, during a poor run, the whispers of relegation started.

However, at the beginning of the season I was hoping, and expecting, a season which would see a push for promotion and the play-offs.

I believe Michael Appleton would have felt his side could make the play-offs too.

But I’m not going judge the campaign on my guesswork.

I think Oxford United have had a good season with a lot of positives, but I wouldn’t call it successful.

However, the lessons and experience gained by a rollercoaster campaign can only be a good thing ahead of next year.

Most of the squad are staying on which is another positive, as they have been through it all together and that can only build trust – a great quality to have in the dressing room.

You are more willing to fight tooth and nail for someone you trust.

As Michael Appleton starts to piece together his squad for next season, I’m sure there will be a few more additions to boost competition for places.

I am sure United’s manager would have preferred a more comfortable season, but a smooth sea made a skilled sailor.

The campaign ended with Oxford showing promotion form with 18 points out of 24 from their final eight games.

United collected five wins and three draws which is superb for any team in any league.

With the season ending so well, the club delivered a huge boost for supporters by then lowering season ticket prices.

That’s great news and let’s hope it helps get the Kassam Stadium filled out.

I remember what it was like playing there in a packed atmosphere and it always brings a huge smile to my face.

Let’s hope these positives are the foundations from which a promotional season is built.

No pressure lads!

l I’m off on my summer break now, but I hope you have enjoyed reading my column over the course of the last ten months or so.

Hopefully I will be back here for the 2015/16 season.