Port Vale’s Adam Yates says they are ready for the threat of former team-mate Jennison Myrie-Williams, who returns with new club Scunthorpe tonight (October 21).
Myrie-Williams joined the Valiants on loan in November 2011 and went on to make 87 appearances for the club, netting 17 times before leaving in June.
The Iron have been deploying the winger on the left – so he could come face-to-face with right-back Yates.
Yates said: “I’ve played for many years with Jenno.
“I said when he first came into this football club that I’d never seen a winger make such a good impression on loan.
“We know what his strengths are and what his weaknesses are and I think he’ll know us.”
Myrie-Williams frustrated fans at times, but Yates is under no illusion he can be a game-changer.
He said: “Jennison could go and win you a game.
“He can do nothing for 85 minutes and then all of a sudden do something brilliant.
“We have to stop those sort of players and earn the right to play.”
Vale interim boss Rob Page will also be keeping a close eye on the winger, but thinks Scunthorpe have quality players all over the pitch.
He said: “Our fans are going to know all about Jennison and we’ve got to respect the fact he can turn a game at any given time.
“We’ll do our best to stop him.”
Yates revealed he wasn’t surprised Myrie-Williams moved on in the summer after just over two seasons at Vale Park.
The 31-year-old said: “I sort of had a feeling he might go. I thought he was going to go more south to be honest and we were surprised he went to Scunthorpe.
“I thought he was settled at this football club, but he wanted to move on.”
Myrie-Williams is not the only returning player as former Blackpool man Isaiah Osbourne could line up for Scunthorpe.
Osbourne trained with Vale as a free agent before declining a contract offer in favour of United.
Page added: “He’s a box to box midfielder, likes a tackle, he’s good on the ball and he’s got pedigree behind him so he’s a fantastic acquisition for them.”
See more of Adam Yates’ thoughts in the video below
(Additional reporting by Ollie Palmen)