The Scottish midfielder has been in great form for Sheffield Wednesday this season.
Sheffield Wednesday take on Hull City in the Championship play-off final this weekend with one member of their team knowing what it feels like to win this fixture.
In 2010 Barry Bannan was part of the Blackpool team that defeated Cardiff City to book their place in the Premier League.
Now the Scotland international is pulling the strings in the Wednesday midfield and he believes winning this game would easily surpass anything he has done in the game so far. He told the Belfast Telegraph:
“It will be the highest (achievement), no doubt about it. I’ve felt like a big part of this club since I’ve walked through the door and to help them to the best league in the world, I don’t think anything can beat it.
“Everyone is excited. They just want the game to come around. It’s a pain having to wait for it to come around – everyone just wants to play it tomorrow.”
Bannan also spoke about his decision to join Wednesday in the first place and believes that, should Wednesday win, his move will be vindicated:
“Every player wants to be playing in the best league in the world and that’s the Premier League.
“To come here I took a step back and said it was a big season for me. Now I’m one game away from being back to where I want to be.
“I think that there is only one way for this club and it’s up, so hopefully we can start by getting into the Premier League on Saturday.”
Bannan left Crystal Palace for Wednesday in the summer – dropping from the Premier League to the Championship in the process, and has been integral to the success of the Owls this term.
He has previously struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular at both Palace and Aston Villa – but will now be hoping to take Wednesday to the top-flight and go on to finally prove himself at the highest level of English football.