Kal Naismith has admitted he is looking forward to locking horns with his former club when Pools make the trip to face Accrington Stanley on Tuesday evening.
The winger joined Pools on loan from Portsmouth earlier in the month and looks set to start against Stanley, whom he left in the summer after two excellent seasons at The Crown Ground.
Stanley have started the fresh campaign in blistering form and victory on Tuesday night could lift them in to an automatic promotion position in League Two.
However, while some outsiders are shocked by the way they have driven up the table, Naismith says it’s no surprise whatsoever to him.
“I have already been looking forward to the Accrington game and I have spoken to a few of the lads there so it will be good to play against them.
“I’ve got great memories of the people who are there; everyone was good to me so to go back and see them will be good but I have to treat it like just another game.
“I know quite a few of the players who are Accrington and they have some very good, young and talented players in the squad so it’s no surprise to me that they are doing so well.
“They’re up there near the top because they’re a real team, the spirit they have is brilliant and they also have a great manager so this will be a tough game for us.”