Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is treating last season as a learning curve for the team and looking for progress in the next campaign.
Newcastle finished 16th in the Premier League this season after earning a Europa League spot the year before.
The Europa League games meant Newcastle played an extra 14 fixtures - and it arguably took its toll on the Magpies, with injuries causing some key players to miss parts of the season.
Gutierrez told the Newcastle United official website: "We have to learn from last season. We made mistakes and we can learn from those to ensure that we don't make them again next year.
"It was so important to stay up. When you start the season the first thing you think about is staying up and then you build and progress from there once that is achieved.
"Last year was quite a new one for the club because it had been a long time since we were in Europe, and we have to learn from that."
Newcastle made it through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League where they were defeated over two legs by eventual finalists Benfica, but it was their league form that struggled.
For large periods of the season it looked like relegation was a real possibility for the Magpies, but they eventually finished five points ahead of the drop zone.
Gutierrez moved to England from Mallorca in 2008 and since then has made 192 appearances for Newcastle, scoring on 11 occasions. The Argentinian has also found the net once for his country in 22 matches.
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