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Rotherham United midfielder Lee Frecklington relishing a first Play-Off Final appearance

21 May 2014

LIVE: The Sky Bet Football League Play-Offs 2014

By Tony Leighton

Rotherham United's Player of the Year Lee Frecklington is desperate to cap his fine season with a Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off Final victory over Leyton Orient.

Midfielder Frecklington had two seasons in the Championship with his previous club Peterborough United and would love to make a return with the Millers.

"As a footballer you want to be playing at the highest level possible," he told, "and right now I'm striving get back to the second tier.

"I think this Rotherham squad is as good if not better than the one I got promoted with at Peterborough, and if we do go up I'm sure we would compete.

"But we can't think seriously about that yet and I'm not getting ahead of myself - Leyton Orient are a very good side and we've got a tough game to get through."

Frecklington joined the New York Stadium club from Posh in January last year, initially on loan before making the switch permanent during the close season.

He played a key role in last season's automatic promotion from League 2 and has been even more influential in the Millers' exciting current campaign.

His 12-goal haul - crucially including an excellent header in the Play-Off Semi-Final second leg 3-1 win against Preston North End - is his best ever return.

And his midfield drive has been inspirational as he looks to steer the Yorkshire side towards a promotion that would be the fourth of his chequered career.

His first club Lincoln City incredibly missed out on promotion in five successive Play-Off campaigns, the first three of them while Frecklington was still in the club's youth team.

"I played in a couple of those Semi-Finals and I missed out on being involved in the 2003 final we lost to Bournemouth at the Millennium Stadium," he recalled.

"I was the 17th man [only five substitutes were then on the bench] but I warmed up on the pitch before the game so I managed to get a taste of the atmosphere."

After moving to Peterborough, Frecklington enjoyed automatic promotion to the Championship in 2008/09, though the club suffered relegation in their first season.

Posh bounced back immediately, beating Huddersfield Town in the 2010/11 Play-Off Final at Old Trafford, but Frecklington missed that game through injury.

After being involved in some way in six Play-Off campaigns over his career, the 28-year-old is yet to appear in a Final.

"I was out injured for most of that 2010/11 season at Posh, so I've still not played in a Play-Off Final until now.

"I've not played at Wembley either, so if selected I'll absolutely relish stepping out for the final on Sunday - and I'll relish it even more if we win."

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