Swindon Town keeper Wes Foderingham is looking to put his experience of having already played at Wembley Stadium to good use in the League One Play-Off Final on Sunday.
Foderingham – who has kept fourteen clean sheets in 49 outings this term – started in goal for the Robins during their 2-0 defeat to Chesterfield in the 2012 JPT Final at the national stadium.
Whilst this weekend’s season finale against Preston North End holds far more importance with a place in the Championship at stake, Foderingham believes that his previous trip to Wembley and the build-up that came with it can only stand him in good stead this time round.
“I think so. Having played there already I know what to expect in terms of the occasion, obviously it’s a different game and it’s definitely a bigger game, so we’ll just try and concentrate on the task at hand and try not to get too carried away,” Foderingham told FLIC SPORT.
“It’s massive. There’s been highs and there’s been lows – I’ve won a league title, lost in the JPT Final and so on, so Sunday will be another massive occasion for the club and for myself personally.
“If we put on a good performance then I’m sure there is no reason why we can’t win the game and get Swindon Town into the Championship.
“I’m extremely proud of the boys.
“At the start of pre-season it didn’t look the best, the squad wasn’t settled, we didn’t have the loan boys in at the time and a lot of people didn’t know where we would end up this season.
“We’ve built on what we did last year and a lot more of the boys have grown up in their own performances and the team is looking really, really good now.
“We’ve taken what we’ve done last year and took it to another level this year – we’ve been fantastic all season and it’s no more than what we deserve.”
Having never had a taste of Championship action before, despite being on the books of then second-tier outfit Crystal Palace between 2010 and 2012, Foderingham rates reaching Wembley this weekend as one of the highlights of his promising career so far.
“It’s massive. I’ve won League Two with Swindon, I’ve been to Wembley before but I’ve never had the chance of getting promotion into the Championship and I haven’t played a minute in the Championship,” added the 24-year-old.
“I’ve been signed by a Championship club but I’ve never played a minute in the Championship, so it would be massive for me and for the team to get into the Championship.”