Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak admits he is “amazed” by Wembley Stadium – and says it will be a huge honour to play there on Monday.
Jedinak will make his footballing debut at the famous ground when he leads out the Palace team for the Championship Play-Off Final against Watford. And the Eagles’ Player of the Year expects that to be a moment he will treasure.
Jedinak said: “I have been to the stadium before. I haven’t been in terms of seeing a football game or anything. I have watched a lot of games on TV that have been played there and I’m amazed by the arena. It’s very special.
“Even coming from Australia, watching the FA Cup Finals and things like that at home at all hours of the morning, it’s always known to be a very special ground. It’s definitely a memory I will treasure for a very long time.
“I’ll be very proud to do that [lead the team out]. I’ve got a lot of family back home that will be getting up and watching so for them to see me do that is definitely a huge honour for me and my family. We all know what’s at stake so for it to be in such an important game makes it even more special.”
Australian international Jedinak, who signed for Palace on a free transfer in July 2011, reserved special praise for manager Ian Holloway, who is preparing for his third Championship Play-Off Final in four years.
Jedinak said: “I think he’s been great to be honest with you. He brings a lot of energy and an enthusiasm, which, when things aren’t going well, is great to have around to pick players up if they need it. You see his experience in these sort of situations, in the last week, the week before and even in the lead up to this week, you can see he’s been there and done it.
“He knows what to expect and he’s been giving us all his knowledge in that sense. Everyone’s been listening to that and taking everything on board because not a lot of us have done it before and he has. As our leader, he’s definitely setting the example.
“But we all know there’s a big wall there called Watford ahead of us and we are expecting a very tough game. It’s definitely not going to be easy, we’re definitely going to have to earn it on the day.”
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