Nottingham Forest can return to the Premier League after a 15-year absence by winning the 2013-14 Championship title.
The Kuwaiti-owned club finished last season strongly after Billy Davies returned as manager and have made some shrewd-looking moves in the transfer market this summer.
Davies, a popular choice with the supporters who had witnessed the brief reigns of Steve McClaren, Steve Cotterill, Sean O’Driscoll and Alex McLeish, made an instant impact by turning Forest into play-off hopefuls with a 10-game unbeaten run.
Ultimately they missed out and finished eighth, but the platform had been laid for a concerted promotion push this term and Davies certainly has the squad to launch that.
Midfield is an area where the East Midlanders look particularly strong. Poland international Raddy Majewski is among the best in that position in the Championship, while Henri Lansbury and Adiene Guedioura are other key members of a strong engine room.
Jack Hobbs from Hull City looks a great signing in defence, Eric Lichaj provides competition to Greg Halford at right-back and Davies has plenty of options up front in Dexter Blackstock, Simon Cox, Darius Henderson and new signing Jamie Mackie.
But perhaps the most eye-catching piece of transfer business has been to bring in Olympiakos winger Djamel Abdoun, the Algerian who shone in the Champions League group stage last season including in a victory against Arsenal.
Given the owners’ resources there may be more to come too, and even with the squad at their disposal Forest look capable of being the second team, after their fierce rivals Derby County, that Davies has taken up to the Premier League in eight years – only this time as champions.
Another East Midlands club, Leicester City, were also on the short-list for the recommendation but the lack of transfer activity at the King Power Stadium this summer is a worry.
Nigel Pearson may be waiting to see if he can bag a couple of Premier League players on loan towards the end of the transfer window like he did last season, but at present it looks as though the Foxes may have stood a little too still.
Of the relegated trio, Wigan could be the best value at 12/1 as they have brought plenty of Premier League experience into their squad, but the demands of the Europa League group stage may leave them with too much ground to make up.
QPR are far too turbulent a club to place any great faith in, Reading do not appear to have strengthened in any great way and so Bolton Wanderers are feared more than either of that duo.
If a shock contender is to get involved in the title battle, there could be worse bets around than Charlton Athletic to finish in the top three at 40/1 as they had a promising end to last term when Chris Powell settled on his first choice line-up.
But Nottingham Forest have served their time away from the promised land and it’s time for them to return, with the future looking bright again for the two-time former European champions.