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Collin to call on Wembley past

Rotherham goalkeeper Adam Collin is hoping to benefit from prior experience of Wembley in Sunday's play-off final with Leyton Orient.

It will be Collin's third visit to the national stadium in five years following two previous trips with Carlisle that had differing results.

In 2010 the Cumbrians were thumped 4-1 by Southampton in the Football League Trophy only to return 12 months later and enjoy the winning feeling by seeing off Brentford.

The preparation for the two finals were polar opposites, with the second year being treated like a normal game, a formula that bore fruit.

And that is the wisdom the 29-year-old will try and impart on his team-mates as they prepare to do battle against Orient, with Championship football next season the prize.

"The first time we went down, we went down a few days beforehand and did the whole tour and built it up quite a lot," Collin said.

"In the second year, we didn't do that and came away with the victory.

"I think we've got to treat it like any other game. Play the game and not the occasion.

"It's a big stadium and we will see that when we walk out but we've got to put that to one side and concentrate on the game.

"We went down there a couple of days early and had a long tour. It detracted a little bit from the game.

"The second time we went down, we trained, played the game and got the result. I think that's the best way to approach it."

Despite those prior trips to Wembley, Collin admits that Sunday's clash is the biggest he has played in and is desperate for the chance to play in the Championship.

"It is by far and away the biggest game of my career," he added.

"I want to play at the highest level I can and this is going to give me the opportunity to get up that next level into the Championship.

"It's definitely the biggest game I've been involved in."