Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant is looking forward to Sunday's playoff against QPR at Wembley
Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant is looking forward to playing in the Championship play-off final against QPR.
Last Updated: 22/05/14 4:12pm
Grant watched from the stands the last time Derby played in a Championship playoff final in 2007, when a Stephen Pearson goal gave them a 1-0 victory over West Brom.
The 31-year-old had already decided to leave the Rams after his first spell at the club, and he subsequently joined Sheffield Wednesday.
Although he enjoyed the previous Wembley experience, promotion to the top flight this time will mean more to Grant as he has been first-choice between the sticks since his return to the club from Burnley last summer.
"My circumstances are different this time - just a bit," said Grant.
"Back in 2007, I had already agreed to go and sign for someone else, so it was very different in that respect. But it was a pleasure to be a part of the day.
"I had not played as many games as I would have liked that season, which was frustrating, but I still had a great relationship with nearly all of the guys - and still do to this day - so I went down.
"I was at Wembley cheering them on and it ended up being a fantastic day. Hopefully, there will be some similar feelings at the end of Saturday's game."
Asked if that triumph over Albion was a bittersweet experience for him, Grant said: "Not really, because I was looking forward to the opportunity of leaving.
"It felt like I needed to leave Derby County to progress my career. In all honesty, I was already preparing for life away from the club.
"I was really excited to have the opportunity to go and play at Sheffield Wednesday, which I did do for three years almost uninterrupted, and that was probably the making of me.
"So the irony of coming back to Derby this season and the club reaching the play-off final is fantastic.
"It would be lovely to spend this summer thinking about and preparing for a Premier League campaign. That is the aim."
Watch the Championship playoff final live from Wembley from 2.00pm this Saturday on Sky Sports 1