Gary Bollan said the new season can’t come soon enough for his relegated Forfar Athletic side.
The Loons boss has set his sights on an immediate return to League One following their 10th-placed finish in the third tier of Scottish football.
Forfar were beaten 2-1 by Brechin on Saturday as they sought to end their miserable campaign on a rare high note.
But they were unable to do so despite their best efforts, with Andy Ryan’s unawarded penalty and red card not helping the Loons’ cause.
Bollan said: “The thoughts are onto next year now. It’s a disappointing end to the season.
“For us here the rebuilding process starts and pre-season can’t come quick enough. We’ll work hard and hopefully we can get ourselves back upto this league we’re leaving.
“We had three fit defenders and I went with three young defenders at the back, and throughout the game I thought they dealt with things well.
“Brechin had a lot to play for and I thought our players matched them all over the pitch. We had a couple of chances ourselves and one saved off the line early doors.
“I felt we had a stonewall penalty denied, everyone in the ground thought it was a penalty apart from the referee.
“The sending off is a strange one as well. Andy Ryan gets taken out for the penalty and his frustration then gets him a booking. Then the second one he gets clipped. I think first and foremost, everyone saw it was a clear penalty.
“We wanted to end the season on a high and get a result, we never got that but credit to the players, they played well in spells and I admire them for that.”