LIAM DICKINSON is clinging to his dream of a second successive Wembley play-off appearance.
But not only have Leeds to overcome a 1-0 deficit in tomorrow’s crunch League I semi-final second-leg showdown with Millwall in the hot-house atmosphere of Elland Road.
The 23-year-old former Town loan striker has also got to force his way into boss Simon Grayson’s big-match plans.
There’s no doubt Grayson is a fan of Derby’s former Stockport County frontman, who bagged six goals in 13 games for Town at the start of this season.
He took him to Blackpool in November, when he was boss at Bloomfield Road, and was rewarded with four goals in seven Championship games.
Grayson switched to Leeds in December, and brought in Dickinson in March, since when he has played eight times, but so far failed to score.
Dickinson took last season’s tally to 21 when he was on target in Stockport’s 3-2 League II play-off final win over Rochdale at Wembley, where Town’s Anthony Pilkington also netted for County.
And the man who joined Derby for £750,000 last summer would love to help Leeds win promotion to the Championship.
“Simon Grayson took me to Blackpool on loan from Derby earlier in the season and things went pretty well,” said Dickinson, who joined Stockport from non-league Woodley Sports.
“I managed to score a few goals, so he knows what I am all about and when the chance came to work with him at a big club like Leeds I jumped at the opportunity.
“I’ve had a bit of a problem with a knee injury, which took longer to heal than expected, but now I am back fully fit and still hoping to build on the games I’ve had so far.
“I made it to the play-off final at Wembley with Stockport last season and it was an amazing feeling. It would be great to go there again with Leeds.”
Leeds expect defender Sam Sodje to be fit.
The Reading loanee dislocated his shoulder in the second half of Saturday’s first leg, but popped it back in and played on.
Scunthorpe go to MK Dons for the other League I semi second leg on Friday with the game tied at 1-1.