Will Grigg fired by Wembley ambition before Sunderland face Portsmouth

The striker wants to make memories for the club’s fans at the Checkatrade Trophy final, even if the Black Cats have bigger aims

Will Grigg appreciates the potential conflict of interests. He fully understands the tension between short- and longer-term ambitions. Yet there is nothing remotely bittersweet about his anticipation of a first Wembley appearance. “It’s no secret that promotion’s our aim, but football’s about giving fans great days and memories of being at big games,” says Sunderland’s Northern Ireland striker as he prepares for Sunday’s Checkatrade Trophy final against Portsmouth.

“I understand there are circumstances where people have to sacrifice cups for the league, but these finals are the things you remember throughout your career, and your life. We’ve got 40,000 fans going to Wembley. Different generations of the same families will all be walking down Wembley Way together and we want it to be one of those landmark days. We want to make memories.”

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