Hull City full-back Andy Dawson believes the current squad is better than the one promoted to the Premier League in 2008.
Dawson is City's longest-serving player and was part of the team which gained top-flight status under Phil Brown.
The 33-year-old told BBC Radio Humberside: "The quality of the lads here at the moment is exceptional.
"They've come from big clubs and they are working hard for Hull City and wanting to learn."
Dawson continued: "We now have a younger squad than we did back then.
"There's no reason why we can't progress and hopefully that will take us a very long way this season."
Hull are currently fourth in the Championship, five points behind leaders Southampton, following
The Tigers have won their last four Championship games under Nick Barmby and Dawson, who has played in all four divisions for the club, is not surprised by their recent success under their new caretaker manager.
"It doesn't suprise me at all," added Dawson. "He's [Barmby] got a massive amount of respect from every one of the players, the staff and the football club.
"He's an absolutely top-quality fella and his football knowledge is second-to-none. He's started now and he's going to be a top-class manager, so who knows how far he can go?"