Mariappa is aware that playing so many games for one club is not a feat that many players get to experience. It was even more fitting that he was man of the match in the game against West Brom that marked his 250th appearance. And the defender wants to cherish the experience.
"I will always be a part of the club in some way, shape or form and we will see what the future holds," he said.
"It is still early days in my career. I am concentrating on my football and you never know where your career will take you."