Boaz Myhill believes he is ready for top flight football as Hull prepare themselves for this weekend's Championship play-off final.
Saturday's Wembley showpiece pits two sides that at the start of the season were not fancied for promotion, as Gary Johnson's Bristol City stand in the way of Myhill's Premier League return.
Myhill was shown the door at Aston Villa just over four years ago when he moved to Hull in a £50,000 switch in December 2003.
The 25-year-old has proved an inspired signing, helping guide the Tigers from the Football League's bottom tier to within one game of reaching the top flight for the first time.
Myhill has now set his sights on clinching a third promotion in five seasons to complete a remarkable few years for the California-born goalkeeper, who won his first cap for Wales against Luxembourg earlier in the year.
"We came to an agreement at Aston Villa that I was never going to play there, I was not ready," Myhill said.
"I wanted to play and I was fed up of playing two or three reserve games a month and basically doing nothing else but train. I think leaving was probably the right thing to do and I don't hold any regrets.
"It's a club I've always supported, but things don't always work out the way you want them to in football and sometimes you have to leave clubs and work hard in order to improve. I'd like to think that's what I've done at Hull. Every player wants to play at the highest level and I'm no different. We now have a great chance of clinching promotion here at Hull.
"Obviously the stadium here is a Premier League stadium, I don't think anybody can argue with that. It's up to us as a group now to prove that we are a Premier League squad."