Whitby Town player-assistant manager Lee Bullock believes that the North Riding Senior Cup final will be special for everyone at the club.
The Blues are set to line up against Pickering Town at the Riverside Stadium on Monday evening with the chance to win the club’s first trophy in 12 years.
And Bullock, 35, believes that the occasion will be a special on for everyone involved.
“Playing at the Riverside is a big deal to everyone,” Bullock told the Whitby Gazette.
“A lot of the lads were involved with Middlesbrough from a young age but maybe never got the chance to play there.
“This is a perfect chance for them. I’ve never played at the Riverside either so I’m looking forward to the experience.
“As a Middlesbrough fan, it doesn’t get much better than that.
“It’s easily the best pitch we’ll play on this season and that should suit us and our passing game.
“We’re fully aware of the dangers that Pickering pose though. We’ve done our homework on them and will be ready.”
The centre-half, however, is insisting that despite his love for Boro, he won’t be pushing himself forward to appear unless he is needed.
“Will playing against Pickering do me and my career any good? Probably not,” Bullock added.
“Will it do the younger members of the squad some good? I think so. They will gain some good experience from it.
“I’ll make myself ready to play, if I’m needed, whether that be through a change of formation or because of injuries. We’re still carrying a few knocks from the back end of the league campaign.
“What I won’t be doing is chucking myself in to start just because I’m a Boro fan.”