Inspiration comes in many different forms.
Jamal Lowe’s own journey in football has rapidly become one that will be admired throughout the beautiful game.
According to the Swansea City ace, Jamie Vardy is the “GOAT” (greatest of all time) when it comes to a rags-to-riches tale in football.
The Leicester City forward has won a Premier League title and an FA Cup in addition to playing in Europe since joining the Foxes from Fleetwood Town in 2012 following a career in the lower leagues with Stocksbridge Park Steels and Halifax Town.
For Lowe, his dream was to simply make it as a footballer after turning his hand to teaching, and after years of graft and proving doubters wrong, the 26-year-old is now just one win away from the Premier League.
Lowe has enjoyed a fine debut campaign in south Wales having scored 14 times in the Championship since joining from Wigan Athletic for just £800,000.
But those strikes will count for nothing if Steve Cooper’s men don’t do the business against Brentford at Wembley.
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“To be one game from it is amazing, but it’s not done yet,” Lowe explained.
“I always kept belief. There were obviously times when it was tough, mentally, physically and emotionally. I always had that faith it worked to some extent, whether it was League Two, League One, Championship or the Premier League.
“We’ve got a lot of players at Swansea who have been around the club for a long time and know what it takes.”
Lowe will no doubt be a prominent figure in Swansea’s end of season highlights reel following his memorable goals against the likes of Cardiff City, Millwall and Watford.
His celebrations have also caught the eye, and Lowe has revealed the somewhat unusual inspiration behind his post-goal dance routines this season.
“The dance comes from Hampton and Richmond,” explained the Jamaica international.
“Apart from my youth team that was the first time I’ve scored a lot of goals.
“After the first five or six and I didn’t have a celebration the boys were like ‘You’re scoring every week, you have to do something.’
“There is a video of a guy (Matt Harding) on YouTube who travels the world and does a dance in every part. He does it in villages in Africa and on the Great Wall of China and he gets everyone to do the same dance.
“I thought I’m going to do something like that so it came along and I’ve kind of stuck at it.”
His goals have also sparked a social media hashtag, although that’s far from a new development.
Speaking about the #GoalslikeJamz hashtag – which is included on Lowe’s Twitter bio – the forward said: “Goals like Jamz has been going on for about nine years now.
“It started when I was in the youth team at Barnet and I used to get on with the striker Jake Hyde. Every time I saw him and he’d scored at the weekend I’d say ‘Goals like Hydey’ and I was scoring in the youth team and he’d go ‘Goals like Jamz.’
“It just stuck, Instagram came along, and we’d comment that on each other’s pictures. I’ve taken it on and whenever I score now I post goals like Jamz.”
Lowe has had to show a tremendous amount of self-belief to rise up through the divisions. And that has been far from easy.
Even in the Championship, Lowe has come under scrutiny after 10-game and 15-game streaks without a league goal to his name.
But head coach Cooper has stuck by the summer signing through thick and thin in a show of faith that the Jamaican is determined to repay.
“He’s (Cooper) been really good with me, spent lot of time with video room on positional bits,” said Lowe.
“The majority of the season I was playing in a new position and he helped me adapt.
“Throughout the time when it wasn’t going so well and I wasn’t scoring goals he was great with me, he didn’t put any added pressure on me and he had full confidence in me.”
In the short term, the focus lies solely on Brentford.
Victory would ensure Swansea face the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City next season.
And after what has been a gruelling campaign, Lowe can relax safe in the knowledge that his determination and preparation have given himself the best possible chance of etching his name into Swansea City folklore for good.
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“It’s been a tough season and the schedule has been really hard,” he said.
“To end the season with this would be amazing.
“I don’t know who is favourite. We drew twice and they finished two points above us. There is not much splitting it really, but we’ve prepared our best to win the tie.
“It’s been one hell of a journey. I’m still in the process of striding forward.
“But sometimes I get reminders that few years ago it pops up on your phone that you were doing a PE club and now I’m playing for Swansea in the Championship.
“There are a lot of pinch yourself moments but definitely achieving this goal would the proudest of them all.”
The Championship play-off final kicks off at 3pm today.