Youngster spent eight years coming through the youth ranks at Sunday's opponents Crewe
Having spent eight years working his way through their youth ranks it’s no surprise Matt Lund will be coming up against some old friends on Sunday in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.
It’s a big game for the youngster on loan from Stoke City – the Club he left Crewe Alexandra to join, and he’s hoping to get one over on some old friends.
“It’s a big game for me and my family as I was at Crewe when I was younger so it’ll be good to go up against a few lads who I played with in the youth team,” Lund said.
“I know a bit about them,” Matt admitted. “They’ll have a couple of the players who I played with when I was younger out there on Sunday. There’’ be a few playing, lads like Luke Murphy and Ajay Leitch-Smith, so I’m looking forward to it.
“I can’t wait. Everyone’s buzzing for it and we’ve all been desperate to play a part in the game for a long time now.”
Lund arrived at Roots Hall just days before the memorable game against Leyton Orient and is backing his team mates to show what they can do on a bigger stage.
He added: “I had a great experience in the semis against Orient. The crowd was incredible that night and the game was scrappy but we handled it well.
“Coming to the club when I did was the perfect scenario for me. Of course, I came in and played against Leyton Orient at Roots Hall and it was a fantastic night. The lads have done brilliant to get here and they deserve the credit.
“We deserve to be in the final and we now need to show why we’re there. We’ve got the quality and it’s up to us to showcase exactly what a good side we are.”
The midfielder wants the atmosphere to be electric and feels that the Blues fans can make it a hostile environment for the youngsters that will be playing for the Alex.
“It’ll be a massive bonus to have the fans behind us. There’s a lot of young players in the Crewe side and hopefully the fans play their part in making it an intimidating place for them,” he added.
“I don’t get nervous before games. People dream to play on Wembley when they are young so it’s a great opportunity for us all. Of course, nerves may start to creep in when the day arrives.
“It’s what I want, I want to be someone that has won plenty of trophies in my career and hopefully this will be the start of many. It’s a great opportunity for me.”