A place in the Premier League brings potential earnings of £280million if Fulham can stay in the top division, but the London side will earn at least £160million after its success at Wembley. "Unbelievable day", the 23-year-old Serbian said.
The veteran wants to play on beyond this season, but has previously noted that he doesn't want to line-up against his former club Chelsea.
Beating Fulham would see them back in the Premier League and on the way back...but defeat could very well see them doing a Leeds.
Terry is a Chelsea legend and he called time on a 19-year Stamford Bridge career last summer, signing a one-year deal with Villa.
Bruce recruited experienced campaigners to turn things around, including Glenn Whelan, Ahmed Elmohamady, John Terry and Mile Jedinak, all of whom "could handle playing for Aston Villa", and also made the most of the loan market by adding Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah, Sam Johnstone and Lewis Grabban.
The news was met with wide ridicule from football fans, many of whom may already have a strong dislike of the former England captain.
Those stark facts highlight just how important this game was for both sides, with the agony etched onto the faces of Villa players as they failed to hide their agony at the final whistle a painful end to what has been a tough season for Bruce, who has mourned the death of both of his parents in the last few months.
Unfortunately for the midfielder, and Villa, he was unable to do so having been so tightly, and sometimes illegally, marked throughout the game. "We score a goal and today we get a red card".
As ever, the ramification from the Championship play-off final will rumble on for many years to come and for Fulham, the glory is all theirs.
It didn't affect Fulham's search for a second, though, and Cairney did brilliantly to find Mitrovic inside the box, but his volley took a slight clip off a Villa defender before going over the top in the 74th minute.
Grabban managed just one shot on goal at Wembley, with it being blocked nearly as soon as it left his foot.
And assuming he didn't, Fredericks must surely be in for a ban which will roll over into the Premier League next season.