Northern Ireland legend David Healy is convinced Stuart Dallas can be a star turn in the Premier League for his old club Leeds United.
The Elland Road outfit have been celebrating since last week when they won promotion from the Championship, securing a place in the top flight of English football for the first time since 2004.
Dallas has been outstanding in a variety of positions this season, becoming a go to man for boss Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds surged to the top of the table. The Cookstown native will be revelling at the prospect of taking on Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and the rest next term.
Linfield boss Healy spent three years at Leeds between 2004 and 2007, finishing joint top scorer in two seasons - the second of which, in 2005/2006, saw the Yorkshire giants lose 3-0 to Watford in the Championship play-off final.
If that was agony for Healy, he appreciates the ecstasy that Dallas and the rest of the Leeds players and supporters are feeling having at last made it back to the promised land.
Ten years ago, Dallas was playing for Coagh United in the second tier of football in his country before moving to Crusaders, where he proved to be a major success under Stephen Baxter.
In 2012, he joined Brentford, who were a League One side at the time, and after impressing for the Bees, Leeds came calling in 2015. Gradually, Dallas has become more influential and will enter the Premier League, at 29 years of age, as one of the key figures at the club.
Healy says the Northern Ireland hero is an inspiration.
"Stuart Dallas is a phenomenon. No matter what position he plays, he delivers big performances be it at right back, in midfield or out wide," said the Blues manager. "Quite rightly, the story of Jamie Vardy going from the non league to being so successful for Leicester City is often talked about as a lesson for all young English footballers.
"I would say for any young footballer in Northern Ireland, what Stuart Dallas has achieved should be their inspiration. This is a player who was playing for Coagh United in the Championship over here 10 years ago and next season he is going to be playing in the biggest league in the world.
"He has achieved that through talent, dedication, hard work and commitment and I am so pleased for him.
"I think Marcelo Bielsa has been brilliant for Stuart since he took over at Leeds and also believe Michael O'Neill, when he was in charge of Northern Ireland, helped Stuart a lot.
"It is great for the country to have another player in the Premier League and I think with the improvements in Stuart's game and the drive he has to do well for Leeds, I feel he can shine in the Premier League.
"To me, he is getting better every year and there is much more to come from him."
Another Northern Ireland player at Leeds is 20-year-old midfielder Alfie McCalmont, who already has a senior cap.
"I have heard people at Leeds think a great deal about young Alfie and I am hoping he can flourish going forward. He is at a good club to do that," added Healy.
On South American Bielsa, who has succeeded with Leeds where so many other managers have failed, the former Manchester United and Rangers striker says: "In my view, Bielsa is a world class manager and it will be fascinating seeing him in the Premier League. He has developed a young side and combined them with quality, experienced players and made them into one of the most exciting teams around.
"They looked in good shape throughout the season and I was delighted for Leeds when their promotion to the Premier League was finally confirmed. It is a club I still have a lot of affection for.
"When I was there, we were close to going up, but this team has done it and Marcelo Bielsa and his players deserve immense credit for what they have achieved.
"There have been many changes at Leeds since I was there, though one constant has been the supporters, who have been magnificent over the last 16 years. I remember the noise they used to make home and away and they will be relishing seeing their team in the top flight again.
"It has been a long journey for them with disappointments along the way. No one has any divine right to anything in football but as a club, Leeds are finally where I think most people believe they should be and they will be a great addition to the Premier League."
While Dallas, McCalmont and Leeds are on their way up from the Championship, with one league game left bottom club Hull City, manager Grant McCann and striker Josh Magennis appear to be on the way down.
McCann has come in for some serious criticism of late, but Healy says: "I have known Grant for a long time going back to youth football and playing for Northern Ireland, and I believe he is an excellent manager.
"It has been difficult for Grant with his top players leaving during the season and for his sake I hope there is final day drama that you sometimes get in football which could turn things around. Whatever happens, though, it won't change my belief that Grant has a great future in the game."