Danny Simpson says former bad boy Ravel Morrison has grown up at QPR.
Simpson was at Manchester United at the same time as maverick midfielder Morrison, who was tipped as a future Old Trafford star until then manager Sir Alex Ferguson lost patience with his indiscipline off the field.
Morrison went on to join West Ham and enjoyed a fine start to this season, only to drop out of favour under Sam Allardyce and found himself loaned out to Rangers in February.
But the 21-year-old could be about to write himself into R's folklore by helping them to promotion back to the Premier League via today's play-off final against Derby (3pm) which sees Northern Ireland duo Jamie Ward and Hoops defender Aaron Hughes pitted against one another.
Full-back Simpson revealed: "I've known Ravel since he was young and obviously we've both gone our own ways, but since he's come here I've noticed a big change in him.
"He's growing up, maturing and starting to realise the potential he has got.
"He's one of the best young players I have seen with the ball at his feet.
"Everyone knows his ability but I think he has surprised a few people with his character and his attitude.
"Maybe it was good for him to move away to different clubs.
"He's looking forward to the final, it's a big occasion for him."
The Wembley showdown is also a big occasion for Simpson, who never quite made the grade at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old added: "I made my Manchester United debut as a kid and played in the Champions League for them but this will be the biggest game I have played in and if we get through it it will be the biggest achievement."