Michael Gray has said on Football League Tonight, broadcast on Channel 5 on March 19, that he thinks Sheffield Wednesday have the potential to re-establish themselves back in the Premier League.
The Owls have spent the last three seasons in the bottom half of the Championship table, but after a takeover and the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal in the dugout, the Yorkshire giants now occupy a place in the playoffs.
With eight games remaining, Wednesday hold a three-point advantage over seventh-place Cardiff City, while they sit nine points off an automatic promotion place.
Gray, who spent his final season as a professional at Hillsborough before retiring in 2010, thinks that finishing in the top two is out of their reach for this season, but regardless of whether they can return to the top flight in May, the former defender feels that the future is bright for the club.
Gray said: "I'm really pleased because they are my old football club as well. With the fanbase that they have got, it they get it right then the world is their oyster. It's a fantastic football club.
"I think they are a little bit short of automatic promotion. The manager will probably say that if you look at their squad as a whole but they aren't too far away. If they don't do it this season, I can see them really challenging next season."
They are next in action at Huddersfield Town on April 2.