Captain Cairney predicted a bright future for Fulham after their return to the top flight.
But after Fulham's 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley he can grace the Premier League in a white Fulham shirt next season after all - thanks to the minimum 160 million pounds ($212.91 million) windfall the club can now look forward to.
The third Championship side to secure promotion to the English Premier League has now been revealed, following Saturday's play-off final at Wembley Stadium.
Yet even their American billionaire owner Shadid Khan knows it is the prestige of playing Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool next season that matters far more than the extra cash in his bulging bank account.
Steve Bruce's side were much improved in the second period, with Grealish heading over from close-range. The Premier League is the most competitive league and we must be clever.
Indeed League One sides have been enquiring, however noises from Clare's camp suggest the feeling is he can play at a higher level than that where he featured on loan last season with Gillingham. I just need the summer to rest get fully fit then take on the Premier League.
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The France forward was quoted by Marca as saying after the game: "Now is not the time to talk about the future". Griezmann, who has been with Atletico since 2014, is on a contract that runs to 2022.
The 18-year-old, Fulham's top scorer, turned creator by skipping past one challenge and slipping a weighted pass through to the unchallenged Cairney, who rolled a calm finish into the far corner.
Perhaps the biggest moment of note in the opening 45 minutes was a stamp by Ryan Fredericks on Jack Grealish that took place right in front of the benches and Bruce was incensed when the Fulham player went unpunished.
"After we missed out on promotion, a lot of people wrote us off", Cairney said.
"We went on a 23-game unbeaten run".
According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are looking to sign Moussa Marega after the Porto striker's asking price was dropped to £26 million. "I had the best three and a half, four months of my career". "We know what is ahead of us".
The former Watford boss, though, has admitted that he can not completely guarantee that the 18-year-old winger will be at Craven Cottage next season.