Rotherham United old boy Kieran Agard will put friendship to one side as he clashes with the club where he launched his career.
The striker returns to AESSEAL New York Stadium tomorrow for the first time since leaving the Millers for Bristol City in a deal thought to be worth around £800,000 in August 2014.
“I still have friends at the club, although there has been a great deal of change in my time away from there,” said the 26-year-old. “There won’t be time for being nice. That can wait until after the game.”
Agard made his breakthrough in the 2013/14 season, scoring 26 goals in 55 games during Rotherham’s League One promotion campaign.
His exploits earned him his big-money move to Ashton Gate and last season he helped the Robins join the Millers the Championship.
He’s scored twice so far this season and is a likely starter tomorrow.
“I’m going to be treating it like any other game,” he said. “Of course, I’ve been looking forward to it, but I’m a professional. We’ll prepare properly for the game, like we always do.
“I had two fantastic years at Rotherham. I can’t speak highly enough of the club, the supporters and the management staff for giving me the opportunity they did.”
City have lost only two of their last nine matches as they have moved out of the drop zone. Rotherham lifted themselves out of bottom spot by beating Leeds United last Saturday.
“We’ve been playing well recently and are unbeaten in three,” Agard said. “We want to carry that on this weekend by winning the game.”