Gary Deegan looks forward to facing his old clubShrewsbury Town take on Hibs this Sunday in their final preseason game of 2016.
Midfielder Gary Deegan made 20 appearances for the Easter Road outfit during the 2012-13 season.
And with the season just over a week away, he can’t wait to face his old club.
“It’s obviously nice to beat an old team of yours, which we want to do Sunday,” Deegan told ShrewsWeb.
“It’s good preparation for MK (Dons), so we’ve got to perform well and give ourselves the best chance of starting.”
“I think everyone’s going to be right at it because everyone’s worked hard for 6 weeks and they all want to play in the first game of the season, so I think everyone’s going to have to put a performance in if they want to be playing next weekend.”
“People are going to be disappointed, that’s just part of the game, but it’s a long season, everyone’s going to be needed, that’s the nature of the beast,” he added.
Deegan had a difficult time up in Edinburgh, but was quick to praise the club.
“It was an up and down time for me,” said Deegan.
“I came in and I was playing a lot of games, I had an incident and broke my jaw, which wasn’t pleasant, I was out for a long time with that and it just disrupted my whole time there, just left a bad cloud over it and it just fizzled out then.”
“I only signed a 1 year deal there and the manager who brought me there left as well, so we parted ways.”
“It’s a great club, I loved my time there. One thing I would say is that they are a bit of an underachieving club, but it’s not my situation now.”
“I think the SPL doesn’t get enough credit for what it is, they do like to pass the ball well, it is rough and ready, but you get the best of both worlds. It’s a good league now with Rangers back in it, and Celtic, it’s getting better every year.”
Sunday is also the club’s Open Day giving the fans a chance to meet the players and Deegan is looking forward to it.
“It’s nice to interact with the fans and get to see them on a personal level as well, which is always nice, because they don’t get to see you off the pitch.”