Rotherham United boss Steve Evans says he hopes his squad has better luck with injuries than they had last season.
“We had a number of injuries last season which kept players out for a while - in some cases, a long time,” said Evans. “I hope we have better luck next season.
“It is probably an aspect of the campaign which people may have tended to overlook but there were some significant absences.
“Scott Shearer was injured in October and didn’t get back until March although Andy Warrington did well,” he said.
“Craig Morgan broke his leg in November and we didn’t see him for four months and David Noble wasn’t around for about four months.
“You can include Lionel Ainsworth amongst the long-term absentees when he was unfortunate enough to dislocate his shoulder during the pre-match warm-up for the Plymouth game and he was out for a few months.”
He added: “Kari Arnason missed a dozen games and one or two who weren’t ready to start the season.
“All those things add up and probably had an effect on our performances because there was some inconsistency in there.
“People may ask where we’d have been with them all fit but there’s no excuses, we were second and short of the champions (Gillingham) over the 46 matches.” The ticket office opens today, 10-2, and late on Thursdays until 8pm.