Jobi McAnuff has urged Reading to emulate the template for survival in the Premier League as set by Stoke City.
Stoke and Reading were both promoted in 2008 but whereas the Potters have maintained their top-flight status ever since, the Royals had to endure a spell in the Championship.
Under Tony Pulis' guidance, Stoke are now an established Premier League club who continue to develop.
And it is an approach the former Jamaica international concedes he admires.
He said: "The way they have done it has been a gradual approach.
"I think if you look at them now to when they came up it is chalk and cheese, but I think if you break that down in the seasons gone past it has been a gradual process and they have added bit by bit.
"You now look at the players they are attracting and they are an established Premier League team now.
"Going up into the Premier League that is a model we can look at, hopefully achieve what they have done and go beyond that. I'm sure that is the aim with everyone at the club."
Meanwhile, Reading's new owner Anton Zingarevich has praised the work of Chairman Sir John Madejski for the level of service he has given the club over the years.
Zingarevich completed a takeover in May and has promised to improve Reading's facilities as they try to establish themselves as a Premier League outfit.
"He has done great things for the club," Zingarevich told the club's official website.
"He is the reason for much of the club's success and I have a lot of respect for him. He understands what I'm trying to do, I enjoy working with him and we have a good relationship.
"Because I'm not going to be there all of the time, it's important to still have someone there who is so dedicated."