Luke Young believes Aston Villa's win over Arsenal is a sign of what they can hope to accomplish next season.
Villa secured an unexpected 2-1 victory at Emirates Stadium last weekend, marking a bright point in what has largely been a disappointing campaign.
Villa are battling to finish inside the Premier League top 10 this term, but defender Young believes last weekend's result is an indication of things to come from the club next year.
He said: "You look back at the rest of the season following the Arsenal win and there's a bit of frustration, wondering why we haven't been able to replicate that sort of form on a regular basis.
"There's frustration that we haven't been able to produce that on enough occasions. We knew we could produce this kind of result in the run-up to the game at the Emirates.
"We finished sixth three times on the bounce. We know we are a good side and we know we have good players.
"For whatever reason, things haven't gone great for us this season but next season with a fresh start I feel we can really kick on and try to prove what a good side we are."
Young has also rejected suggestions that fellow right-back Kyle Walker is better going forward than he is at defending.
The 31-year-old has lost his preferred slot to youngster Walker this season but has defended his team-mate amidst claims that he is only an attack-minded player.
He added on the club's official website: "Kyle has been brilliant for us. He is so quick. I expect him to go on to play for England many times.
"I hear pundits say Kyle isn't great when he's defending but they like saying that every time they see a full-back who is good going forward.
"They say Glen Johnson is not a good defender but not many people get past him too easily.
"Kyle is a young boy and he is still learning the game but he has that real quality."