LUKE Thomas’ sister has never seen him play football before but could now watch him on the biggest stage of all.

The midfielder is hoping to help Barnsley beat their local rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley on Monday in the League One play-off final.

Thomas said: “It’s very exciting.

“It’s every boy’s dream to play at the national stadium.

“To be able to fulfil that hopefully on Monday will be a dream come true.

“My mum and dad and brothers and sisters are coming.

“My sister has never watched me play football before.

“I will have a lot of friends there too.

“It’s my first time playing there but I have been to watch games.

“It’s amazing just to watch games there. So to warm up there and hopefully get a few minutes on the pitch would be even better.”

Thomas has been open about his struggles with mental health, fitness and motivation in the past.

But he has rejuvenated his career with promotion last season on loan at Bristol Rovers in League Two and potentially another with the Reds.

“Games like this are why I wanted to keep going. It’s been a season to remember on and off the pitch and to win at Wembley would make all the hard work pay off.

“I ended last season on a high and came back here in such a positive place.

“Back to back promotions would be some achievement.

“I am not getting carried away but hopefully I can do that.”

Thomas began the season well but broke his leg in October and, since his return in February, has been mainly a substitute.

“All season it’s been a team game. In recent months the lads have really kicked on. It’s really hard to break into the 11.

“Whether I am needed for the first minute or the last five, I will make sure I am ready.”

Thomas has enjoyed working under head coach Michael Duff.

“He’s been brilliant. I couldn’t ask for a better manager. He looked after me especially when I was injured. He kept me involved a lot. I have really enjoyed working for him.”