Nedum Onuoha believes there has been a change in culture at QPR and it feels as if the club is on the up again.
The past six years have been dramatic with two promotions, two relegations, one last day survival to go with last season's mid-table finish.
Onuoha, who joined the club in January 2012 as one of Mark Hughes' first signings, has seen all but the original promotion to the Premier League and is best placed to judge where Rangers are.
He said: “With the way the club was in the past players came in from all parts of the world with all different successes and that behind them, whereas now the squad is on the up and they want to achieve something in football and with QPR.
"I think people have realised this is a great place to be to fulfil your potential, and hopefully in a year's time we'll be talking at a press conference with us back in the Premier League.
"Everyone's united together and want to achieve the same goal, whereas people in the past here have won the Champions League and so forth, but they're in the same dressing room with someone who might not have played in the Premier League before, so you can't really relate.
"Jimmy's got a different mentality and approach to the game than other managers
I've played under here. He's made it clear how he wants us to play as a team.”
One player, in particular that has caught his eye, is defender Grant Hall and Onuoha would love to see him reach the Premier League.
He added: "Everyone is hungry. I'd love to see a lot of the players in this team go and play in the Premier League. I've played a lot with Grant Hall, and he's as good as a lot of the players I've played with in the Premier League, but he hasn't played there yet.
"So to see someone like Grant get into the Premier League with QPR would bring me as much joy as myself getting back there.
"He's a very talented centre half. We've had a lot of them at QPR over the years in my opinion. I played with Grant a lot last season, and was really impressed with him.
“You can see with him and Joel Lynch that they are on the rise and want to get to the Premier League. They've got that desire to get there and be successful at the highest level.
Last time QPR won promotion, they did it via the play-offs despite outspending the bulk of their Championship rivals.
Were they to do so this year, they will have done it with a smaller budget over other clubs in the Championship.
He explained: "That season (when we went up with Harry) we kept most of our players when we went did and made quite a few additions as well.
"The chairman invested a lot of money into the club in the hope of us bouncing back at the first attempt, which we did albeit fortuitously.
"It's completely different now, it's about earning promotion and becoming an established Premier League team.
"You don't just want to be there because you need to be there, you've got to be ready to be there.
"I believe when we do go back up we'll be far more ready for it than we were before and in a far stronger position.
"They've settled in well. The manager's very intense so it was probably a bit of a shock to the system when they first came in, but when you get used to him it's absolutely fine.
"Once they figured out what we do, they've understood why they were brought into the club and what they can offer the team and the manager.”
That said, Onuoha has told the squad via WhatsApp that challenging for promotion is the objective for the season.
He stated: "I said it (to the WhatsApp group) but I didn't need to really, as we're in the Championship and as a football club we want to be successful and get promoted into the Premier League."