Departing Swindon Town midfielder David Prutton is confident the club can recover from the "bitter experience" of relegation to League Two.
The 29-year-old, who is joining Sheffield Wednesday, thinks the Robins have what it takes to get promotion.
Prutton told BBC Wiltshire: "It's the bitterest kind of experience for any fan to have.
"But [Swindon is] a club that's got the potential and the excitement about it now to rectify that pretty quickly."
Prutton, a former England Under-21 international, made 46 appearances for the Robins last season as they were relegated just one season after reaching the League One play-off final.
The club appointed Paolo di Canio as their new boss last week, and Prutton believes he is the right man to re-energise the club.
"I was as intrigued as everyone else [when Di Canio was appointed]," he continued. "But he is a very passionate, enthused and lively man.
"It's got potential to be a bit of a master stroke.
"For a club that will be feeling a bit sorry for itself that's the best plan they could have had."
Prutton will join up with manager Gary Megson at the Owls after signing a two-year contract with the Yorkshire club on a free transfer.
He added: "With the history and the size of the stadium Sheffield Wednesday is a big club and that was something that was a very attractive proposition.
"But Swindon has got the potential to be that type of team and club - it's just a case of putting it in to practice and making it happen.
"Even throughout the last six months, which haven't been easy to stomach for the fans, they've been great towards the players and I think that bodes well for next year."