Championship Playoffs: DJ's Dilemma

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IMay 12, 2010

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 11: DJ Campbell of Blackpool celebrates at the end of the Coca Cola Championship Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg match between Nottingham Forest and Blackpool on May 11, 2010 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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This season, the Championship has thrown up an unlikely success story with the rise of the Tangerines. Not since the days of Sir Stanley Matthews has the seaside town of Blackpool had such success.

The appointment of outspoken Ian Holloway as the Tangerines' manager in 2009 was a stroke of genius. Holloway has built a team of journeymen, veterans, and loanees that have managed to get to the Championship playoff places for the first time in their history, by the skin of their teeth in sixth place.

However, there is one Blackpool player who will have mixed emotions over the playoffs. Dudley Junior Campbell, the Blackpool striker is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

On the one hand he will possibly have a trip to Wembley Stadium with Blackpool and promotion, where he has been instrumental in their push for the playoffs, scoring 11 goals in 17 games.

However, for D.J., there is a flipside to his successful season. His parent club, Leicester City, is in the other playoff semifinal against Cardiff City, where they are trailing 1-0 after the first leg.

Does he hope for his parent club, Leicester City, to go all the way to Wembley and the Premiership? If they are successful and beat Cardiff, he will be unable to play for Blackpool in the final as he will not be eligible to play against his parent club.

Or, does he hope that his parent club fails to reach the final and therefore get his chance to walk out on the green of Wembley Stadium (one of the biggest achievements for any player in the English game)?

If it was you, what would you choose?