Kevin Doyle has praised Reading boss Brian McDermott after he masterminded their return to the top flight after a four-year absence.
A 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening was enough to see them back in the big time.
McDermott was previously in charge of scouting for the Royals and was instrumental in bringing Doyle to the club in 2005 from Cork City.
His faith was repaid when the striker fired them into the Premier League a year later with 18 goals.
But the club were back in the Championship after two seasons and Doyle admits he is delighted to see the club back in the Premier League.
"I am really delighted for them," said the 28-year-old, who is now at Wolves. "I did not realise they were playing until I turned on Sky Sports News later on in the night and saw the scenes on the pitch and it looked like complete mayhem and brought back some good memories.
"I am delighted for the club because even though I only know a few of the players left from when I was there the people behind the scenes, the staff and the management, are really good people.
"Brian McDermott was chief scout at Reading when I signed for them and he came to see me at some really far flung places in Ireland.
"The run they have been on is unbelievable with 14 or 15 wins and only one defeat. I am really pleased because they are a really great club."