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JON STEAD has yet to decide whether the current campaign will be the last of his 19-year professional career, but if the veteran striker is to hang up he hopes to sign in style by helping Harrogate Town triumph in the redeveloped FA Trophy Final at Wembley
Harrogate take on Concord Rangers over tea time in the 2019-2020 Trophy Final The North Yorkshire side qualified for the Wembley centerpiece as a non-league team but passed all nine last months playing in the soccer league after winning promotion to league two last season
The fact that a league team is playing in the Trophy final is an oddity caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as is the fact that today’s game, which follows the FA Vase final between Consett and Hebburn, will be played behind closed doors
Nonetheless, Stead still expects it to be a momentous occasion, and as his career draws to a close, the 38-year-old is in desperate need of being able to play his part.
“If I do end up retiring this summer, then a final at Wembley would be a magical way to end,” said Stead, whose 18-month-long career at Sunderland has scored two goals in 40 appearances.
“If I am chosen to play my last or one of my last games at this stadium would be a huge buzz
“I’m getting closer to a little personal milestone with professional appearances so the ideal scenario would be to make 700, score a goal at Wembley and we win the trophy It would be amazing and the best possible way for me to sail towards the sunset ”
With his Wetherby Road contract due to end this summer, Stead accepts that his playing days may be coming to an end.
“If I’m being honest I think this will be my last season,” he said. “But I’m not ruling out anything yet
“I have had some discussions recently and there are a few people who still want me to continue so I will wait until the end of this season and make a decision when I signed a two year contract at Harrogate Town in the ‘age 36, I knew I would have a decision to make at the end of this contract”
“I don’t want to go on too long and end up being embarrassing”
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