The 2019-20 season may have been cut short – but it was still one Jason Brown learned a lot from.
It was the first time the Peterhead defender stepped up to play in Scottish football’s third tier.
Although the Blue Toon and Brown didn’t enjoy a vintage season in League One – ending up eighth when the campaign was declared over in April – it was one he took a lot from.
The 23-year-old said: “It’s been a tough season but an enjoyable one and it’s a season I’ve learned a lot from.
“Some of the senior players have said it was perhaps as tough as League One has been and you can see why with the teams that were in it.
“Falkirk were full-time and probably should never have been there, Raith Rovers full-time as well and Airdrie with full-time players as well.
“You’re coming up against players who have spent most of their careers in the Premiership or Championship.
“I want to be challenging myself and proving myself against those players because I feel like I can handle it at that level. So hopefully in the future it’s onwards and upwards.”
Last term was Brown’s third with Peterhead having joined following his release from Inverness Caley Thistle in the summer of 2017.
Although still a young player, he has made more than 120 appearances for the Balmoor outfit.
Brown believes during his time working under Jim McInally he has improved noticeably from his time as a youngster in the Highland capital playing development football.
However, he is determined to improve further once next season’s lower leagues begin.
Brown added: “I’m still 23 and still a young player but I feel I’ve come on a lot at Peterhead.
“I’ve played 120 or 130 games for the club and that’s quite a lot for a player of my age.
“I think I’ve come on as a player but I hope there’s much more to come and I can learn and build on the seasons I’ve had at the club.
“It’s a massive step between development football and first-team football.
“In development it’s very tactical and about playing nice football, but on a Saturday at 3pm in the first-team it’s about three points and nothing else matters.”