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Captain Tom Cairney says Fulham must learn the lessons of their last failure in the Premier League and preserve the team spirit that has powered them to promotion.

The Whites went down after spending more than £100m on new players in the summer of 2018 – something that manager Scott Parker has already warned the Fulham hierarchy not to repeat this time around. Cairney, whose influence was key as the Cottagers saw off Brentford in a tense play-off final at Wembley last night, wants to keep the togetherness that proved so crucial during such a rollercoaster season.

The Scottish international told Sky Sports News:

We need to keep the dressing room and the team spirit together – I think we lost that a little bit too early the last time we went up. I think we’ve got to add quality. We’ve got to add Premier League players because it’s a tough league. It’s a different ball game. So hopefully we can learn a little bit from last time.

The main objective is to stay in the league. We haven’t got long to enjoy it really – I think the season starts next month, which is a bit scary. But I’m excited.