MARK DURNAN made no secret of how much he enjoyed his first season with Alloa as Advertiser Sport's Player of the Season reflected on a tough league campaign.

Durnan, who narrowly edged out Stefan Scougall and Euan Henderson to win the award, has been a stalwart in Alloa's defence.

Partnering Fernandy Mendy, Craig Howie and Andy Graham on an inconsistent basis, Durnan has been the one constant in the centre of the backline and has popped up with some impressive goals.

Strong, committed and fearless in his tackles, he's also got great quality with both feet and plenty of composure.

Looking back on a season of plenty ups and downs, Durnan said: "Getting a good win at Falkirk and then a good win [on Saturday] is a good way to end the season.

"It's been disappointing, disappointing because we never made the play-offs and when you look at it it's six points, there's so many games where we drew and should have won, games we lost and felt we should have won.

"It's disappointing but the boys showed something to the manager that they want to be here next season and build for the future."

Conversations are set to take place at the Indodrill Stadium on Tuesday night and, while he didn't say it outright, Durnan hinted heavily that he'd like to be here playing his football next season.

He said: "The manager's going to have everybody in on Tuesday, he's going to speak to everybody. I've enjoyed my time here, it's a really good club.

"I've let the manager know my thoughts so we'll see what happens in the future.

"With Hendo going back to Hearts, Ross' loan up, Sena's [Mouhamed Niang] loan up, we need to add quality.

"We need goals, I think that's something we did struggle with at the start of the season.

"The manager's [also] really keen on clean sheets, obviously we lose the penalty [against Montrose] but we've done really well in that aspect since the manager's came in.

"Hopefully next year there's exciting times for Alloa because there's certainly something to build on."

There's no denying that Alloa's season has been a disappointment. Barry Ferguson, the man who signed Durnan, proclaimed at the start of the season that he wanted to win the league.

It became clear that wouldn't happen and Ferguson resigned. Brian Rice was brought in to steady the ship and steer the club to fifth.

Durnan, despite the disappointment of missing the play-offs, knows he gave his all.

"I do feel I've gave my best, I've gave everything," he continued. "I don't think I've ever came out a game and felt I haven't given 100 per cent.

"That's all you can ask from any player so I definitely gave everything.

"There's games where I look back and feel like I could have done better but so could anyone.

"It's about sticking together and if I stay here next year and we can get solid partnerships all over the pitch it will definitely benefit the club."

If Durnan is to stay, he knows the club's itinerary.

He said: "The aim for Alloa has got to be, minimum, play-offs.

"It's got to be because we've just missed out and we're talking about how poor a season it was.

"There was a spell where it looked like we could get sucked into a relegation battle but we've shown we've got enough quality.

"It's got to be a tough league next year with full time teams but hopefully Alloa can go and press on."