McAnuff has had to wait until this season, and after his 30th birthday, to finally taste life in the top-flight of English football.
In the preceding years McAnuff, who began his career at Wimbledon, has endured more than his fair share of near misses.
The midfielder suffered a hat-trick of play-off exits with Crystal Palace, Watford and Reading - before last season leading his side to the npower Championship title and, most importantly, the Premier League.
"I've really enjoyed it, it's a challenge," McAnuff said ahead of the crucial clash with relegation rivals Aston Villa at the Madejski Stadium.
"Like with anything in life if things come too easy then do you really appreciate it as much?
"Of course it is a difficult season but it's the best league in the world.
"From our point of view we've been written off before the season even started by pretty much everybody outside Reading Football Club.
"That drives me on."
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