LEWIS GRABBAN is one game away from promotion — having already been relegated this season!
The journeyman striker spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Sunderland, who dropped out of the Championship after he left.
Getty Images Lewis Grabban is on the cusp of promotion with Aston Villa
He then joined Aston Villa in January, again on loan from Premier League side Bournemouth, and has helped them reach the play-off final.
Now Grabban, 30, has the chance to complete a rare double of going down and up in the same campaign if he can help Steve Bruce’s side overcome Fulham at Wembley tomorrow.
And he is desperate to get back up to the top flight to prove he can play at that level — having not had much of a look-in with the Cherries or, before that, Norwich.
Grabban said: “There’s a massive incentive because I’ve only had ten games and even when I scored against Arsenal, I played the next game then was out again.
Getty Sunderland suffered relegation after Grabban left them in January
Action Images Grabban in action against Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore in the play-off semis
“So it would be nice to get another crack at the Premier League — a real crack at it. Hopefully the relegation won’t go down too much on my record. I’ve tried to get away from that, but it happens.”
Grabban’s last game for the Black Cats came two days before Christmas, yet he still comfortably finished the season as their top scorer with 12 goals.
He added: “I don’t think anyone thought at the beginning of the season Sunderland could do that. I certainly didn’t.
“They’re in a semi-transitional phase and need to start again. They’re similar really to Villa.