AARON Webster says Burton Albion’s journey from Southern League also-ran to a club on the verge of League One has been nothing short of amazing.
The 32-year-old defender – in his 15th year with the club – is set to be on the bench when the Brewers visit Bradford City tomorrow night in the League Two play-off semi-final first leg.
“To add another promotion to League One would be massive,” said the Albion hero. “I’m already happy with getting two promotions from the UniBond Premier and the Conference.
“It’d be amazing to get another one.
“I’m already proud of my achievements here and to add that would be really significant and I’d be proud of that.
“It’s been a crazy journey with loads of ups and downs – with more ups.
“From the promotions, the FA Cup runs we’ve had, fighting relegation in the Conference when we first got promoted to now be challenging to get into League One is unbelievable.
“To say I made my debut in the Dr Martens League – to see where the club’s come in those years is brilliant.”
Webster would love to start in the play-offs, but it is likely Damien McCrory will get the nod at left-back.
But he is determined to play a role from the bench if he is required by manager Gary Rowett.
“I’d love to be involved,” he said. “The last game the manager rested a few players but the lads who came in got us a result.
“It wasn’t against the best Gillingham team, but it was still a win against the league champions and we gave a good account of ourselves.
“I’d love to be part of the away leg or the home leg.
“It’s up to the manager to decide what team he’s going to go with and what style and formation we’ll go for.
“I’m raring to go and I just want to keep playing.
“We’ve got a big squad here and like you’ve seen in previous weeks, a lot of players have been used.
“If someone doesn’t perform, someone else will come in and do a job.
“Lee Bell got sent off and John McGrath got called in out of the blue when he might’ve thought his season was over.
“That’s what happens in football so you’ve always got to be raring to go and and willing to help out.”
Webster has been troubled by a few injuries this season but is fit and in perfect condition to play.
“I feel good,” he said. “I’ve had my fitness problems this year with strains and niggles here and there.
“I had hamstrings and calves.
“It’s not easy having injuries and pre-season didn’t help when I missed a few games.
“I’ve never really had that base to play off this season and have always been playing catch-up.
“I’m fit now and just want to be part of the play-offs.”