Rhys Williams is confident Middlesbrough will challenge for a top-six place next season under Tony Mowbray.
Mowbray took over the Riverside reins last October when the Championship side were struggling near the foot of the table despite being title favourites.
He has since guided Boro to safety and 13 points away from the last play-off spot, prompting Williams to heap praise on the former Celtic boss.
"The lads are coming together really well now and if we had three or four more wins this season we'd be up there challenging for promotion," Williams told the club's official website.
"I know that's all ifs and buts, but next year will be a big season for us. The manager will be able to bring his own players in. With Tony Mowbray in charge, I think we've got a massive chance."
Boro chairman Steve Gibson echoed Williams' sentiments, stating the club are finally heading in the right direction.
"During Tony's time, we have amassed points that would have normally had us in contention for a play-off spot," said Gibson.
"That's a great step forward for a team sitting two points adrift of a relegation spot when he took over."