Mark Jones believes Gainsborough Trinity striker Marc Newsham deserves a warm welcome on his return to the Jakemans Stadium this afternoon.
There is no love lost between Boston United and the Blues, but Jones - who has also played for both clubs but partnered Newsham during his two spells with the Pilgrims - thinks his old pal will be greeted fondly by the home crowd.
Newsham scored 110 goals for Boston in 243 appearances over six seasons before leaving in the summer.
The two-time Pilgrims Player of the Year had a miserable injury-hit season last campaign and was offered the opportunity to return for pre-season training to prove his fitness.
However, the contract offer from the Northolme proved too good to turn down.
“I’m hoping he’s fit and I’m hoping he gets a god reception because he deserves,” Jones said.
“He’s a great lad in and around the club and the young lads who come through, he’s terrific with them.
“It’ll be good to see Newsh again.”
Trinity have already recorded two victories against Boston this season - 1-0 in the National League North and 2-0 in the FA Cup - with Newsham among the scorers.
And although Jones hopes his mate gets a warm reception, he doesn’t want to see him celebrate again.
“I’d rather we kept a clean sheet and our striker’s get the goals. I hope he has a quiet day,” he added.
Kick off will be at 3pm.