SKIPPER Richard Keogh says leading Derby County out at Wembley tomorrow will be a moment that will live with him forever.
“I will feel immensely proud,” said the 27-year-old defender ahead of the Championshup play-off final against Queen’s Park Rangers, kick-off 3pm.
Keogh signed from Coventry City two years ago and was made captain in the absence of the injured Shaun Barker.
“Nigel Clough made me captain and it was a humbling moment for me,”he said.
“Being captain is something I have been very proud of.
“Leading the team out at Wembley will be a moment that will live with me forever but it is not just about that, it is about the team.
“It will not just be leading out my team mates, but leading my friends out as well.
“We are one game from playing in arguably one of the best leagues in the world.
“I think this group is ready. We have worked so hard for this opportunity, we will be ready.
Keogh joined Derby because he was confident the club could win promotion to the Premier League.
“It was something that really appealed to me about the club,” he said.
“I knew it was a big club before I signed, but when you are at the club you realise just how big.
“It really hit home how big the club is when I stepped out for my debut against Sheffield Wednesday in front of a full house.
“I always felt Derby was the right fit for me.
“I knew I could improve as a player here.
“I feel I have done that, I feel my game has come on in the last two seasons, and that is credit to the players I am playing alongside.”