HE USED to do the electrics on the London Underground – now Sam Saunders wants to spark Brentford to JPT glory.
The 27-year-old was a cable engineer while he made his way through the non-league circuit, and even worked on the lines at Wembley Park station just a stroll from the famous stadium he will be gracing in three days time.
Saunders will be hoping he can lay a line straight towards the Carlisle goal, and wants to be carrying a bit more than his tool bag on the journey home.
He said: "It was a horrible job but it was money and gave me the opportunity to go out and play.
"I used to start work at half 10 at night and get in at five or six in the morning. I would go training in the evening then go straight into work again.
"But when [Dagenham boss] John Still came calling I couldn't say no, even though I had to take a pay cut to get back into football.
"My parents told me they would have my back which was great, but luckily the gamble paid off.
"I've been in full-time football for five years now. I enjoy every second of it and don't want it to stop.
"I appreciate the position I'm in being able to earn a living from doing something I love."
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