Stoke star Ryan Shawcross has revealed his desire to secure European football with the Potters next term.
Tony Pulis' side take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday with Premier League survival already secured for another season.
Fulham are then set to contest the Europa League final against Atletico Madrid next week after finishing seventh in the top flight last season, and Shawcross hopes Stoke can emulate the Cottagers next term.
He told The Sentinel: "Next season, our first aim will be to reach a points tally where we can't be relegated, and then we will push on from there.
"I would love to play in Europe - ask any of the Stoke lads and they would say the same.
"It is the ultimate for a professional. If we could do it, it would be fantastic, although it is difficult and the first aim is to get to that safety mark.
"But Fulham are a good example of how, if you get off to a good start, you can push on."
The defender also hailed the contribution of winger Matthew Etherington, who recently picked up both the fans' and players' player-of-the-year awards for the season.
Shawcross received a call-up to the England squad in February and the defender believes Etherington - who joined Stoke in January 2009 - may have also been given the nod had he not sustained an injury in a match against Manchester City which was being watched by Fabio Capello.
Shawcross, who was himself named as Stoke's young player of the season at the awards, added: "He has been brilliant this season and it has come as no surprise to me that he has won the awards he has done.
"Matty is a top lad and a top player, and I'm glad for him that he has won these awards.
"I honestly believe that had he not picked up an injury against Manchester City then he would have been in with a shout of an England call-up, that's how good he has been this season.
"Hopefully, he can continue to progress next year and then who knows, hopefully Stoke could have a couple of players in the England squad."