Troy Deeney wants to be remembered at Watford FC as a legend.
Deeney scored the crucial last-minute goal in the emphatic game vs Leicester in 2013 and now has the opportunity to lead the players out onto the field – even lifting a major trophy.
This will be the first opportunity for most players at the shot of a major trophy. Deeney himself is yet to win a team trophy, which is important to him.
Deeney said: “This is different – this is a team one, it’s alright having individual awards, but the team’s ones are more important than anything. It’s history again, we’ve got Elton John over there whose been inaugural for this club. I want my picture up there for years to come.”
It’s not going to be an easy 90 minutes against Manchester City, but the skipper understands the challenges ahead.
He said: “It’s massive, it’s not going to be career-defining for me like if I don’t win a trophy, for me its all about the process of getting to here and then this will be the icing on top of the cake.
“My story to get here is a bit of a rollercoaster but we’re going to enjoy it but we’re not naïve – it’s a massive test that’s in front of us and probably the hardest one but if you want to win trophies and get into Europe then you have to play against the best.”
The club’s progression to their best points score in the Premier League and a first FA Cup final since 1984 is partly down to head coach Javi Gracia’s cool, calm and collective attitude.
Deeney commented: “For the club, naturally everyone would say it’s about stabilising the club, but it’s never really been unstable – from the outside it’s been a bit crazy in terms of manager changeover but he’s been massive in how he’s just understands what this place is and what it needs.
“Naturally we’re still growing and there’s no celling at this club just yet – there’s a lot to offer in the league and it’s the first time we’ve been at a final in 35 years so you have to understand that we’re growing and were not here every year and it’s not a case of lets see the small details that need to change behind closed doors and he’s doing that one small problem at a time.”