Niko Kranjcar believes Queens Park Rangers have a squad of 'Premier League footballers' and are heading back to the big time.
An ambitious project at Loftus Road has not always delivered results on the field, with relegation in 2012/13 not part of the plan.
There is, however, a collective desire to bounce back at the first time of asking, and Harry Redknapp has assembled a squad brimming with international performers.
Kranjcar's arrival over the summer, on a season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev, showed that QPR can still attract top talent, and the Croatian playmaker is convinced he has joined a side on the up.
The former Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur forward told The Independent on life in the Championship: "It is a very competitive league, obviously and physically.
"The main difference is the ability at the technical point of the game. But then again, I play in a team that is full of top players, footballers, most of them have played for years and years in the Premier League, so I don't really feel it.
"I believe we are a Premier League team, and I believe we are going to go up.
"I don't feel like I am playing in the Championship - I know I am - but I do feel that I am in a team of Premier League footballers."
While promotion is the target domestically for Kranjcar, of more pressing concern at present is securing qualification for the 2014 World Cup with Croatia.
A goalless draw with Iceland in the first leg of their play-off contest means victory in Zagreb on Tuesday will take Igor Stimac's side to Brazil.
Kranjcar said on a crucial contest: "If we can't go through those two games, we don't deserve to go to Brazil. And if they want it more than us, we have big problems in our heads."