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Friendships on hold for Revell

Rotherham's Alex Revell insists friendships will go out the window when he takes on former club Leyton Orient in the play-off final.

Revell joined the Millers from Orient in 2011 and has been an integral part of their success over the last two years which has seen them climb out of League Two and kick on to be within one game of the Championship.

The 30-year-old 11-goal frontman, who turned his back on life in the south to move to the Millers, is still in contact with some of his former team-mates, but that will mean nothing when kick-off comes on Sunday, despite having fond memories of his short time at Brisbane Road.

"It was a move that I had to think about to be honest," Revell said. "I am a southern boy coming up, my wife was due in a month so it was a big move, but I had great times at Orient.

"I was struggling, I'd broken my leg, Russell Slade took me and I think that year I repaid him.

"And then in the second year, it was an offer from Rotherham and I saw what the chairman wanted to build and I wanted to be a part of that.

"Sometimes you just have a gut feeling and I am lucky that that has proved me right. It's a coincidence that the biggest game in my career is against my former club.

"I still speak to Dean Cox and Jamie Jones.

"Russell Slade is a really nice down to earth guy.

"I'm pleased for him that he has had the success he has but obviously on Sunday that goes out of the window. Friendships go out of the window."

Revell moved to South Yorkshire when the club were playing at Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield and heralds the visit to Wembley as the end of a superb journey.

"We have come on a long way since I joined, playing at Don Valley it was difficult for the fans being in Sheffield, you couldn't hear them as a player on the pitch," he said. "But to come to New York which is ready for the Championship, it's a journey I have enjoyed and to get to Wembley is a dream and one that has now come true.

"It's got to be a day we have all got to enjoy, it's not a day that comes around often in your career, especially not in mine and it's one we have got to enjoy. Obviously we know you can only enjoy the game if you win."