STEVE Foster knows his career could end on Saturday with a Wembley win for his home town team.
The 38-year-old is out of contract after the game and, while hoping to stay on, admitted: “If this is going to be my last game then it is a great way to go out.
“It would be an emotional day come the end of the game.
“I am out of contract here and nothing has been mentioned yet though you hope you will still be here. If not then what a great way to finish.
“I have said all along I feel I still have enough in the tank to carry on but you never know if offers will be there. You have to look realistically.
“Obviously I am disappointed for Kevin Sandwith as he is a good friend and team mate.
“I am disappointed for Mark Preece too though he has not really been involved. It is the Luke Medley one that is really out of order as he played and scored against Worksop and helped us get there.
“It would be the best moment of my career to win it with Mansfield. I have had some great times with promotions and won the Trophy with Woking. But to win it with Mansfield would be brilliant for myself.”
He added: “Darlington have finished above us and finished the season off well so they will be going in as favourites.
“But we have been the better side both times we played them in the league.
“In the first game at home I don’t think they touched the ball in the first half. We out-passed them and we should have been out of sight.
“Then we went up there and were disappointed to come come away with a 0-0. So we know we have nothing to fear.
“Maybe we don’t have that momentum. But if you can’t get yourself up for a game at Wembley in a final then there is something wrong.
Despite four players carrying injuries, Foster believes that, with only 15 available players, all four will patch themselves up with strapping and pain-killing injections and play.
He said: “We had enough for two teams at training once this season with a few more watching from the sidelines! Now we are at Wembley we may not even have 16.
“Our options are limited for subs like they were at Crawley, but you deal with it and whoever goes out there is more than capable of beating Darlington.”
And to the fans, he said: “Get behind us and enjoy the day.
“The volume of noise from 15,000 fans will be important to us. We will outnumber Darlington so let’s out-sing them turn it into a great day.”