Peterborough Phantoms star Lloyd Gibson is relishing a reunion with his hometown team tomorrow (October 17).
Gibson spent nine years with the Sheffield Steeldogs and their predecessors, Sheffield Scimitars, but now lines up against them for the first time at IceSheffield (7.30pm).
The 26 year-old summer recruit has impressed in the early weeks of his Phantoms career to help the city side into joint top spot in the English Premier League.
And Gibson insists there will be no room for sentiment at his old stomping ground as he returns with the aim of collecting two important points.
“It’s a game I’m really looking forward to being involved in,” said Gibson. “It will be great to go back to Sheffield but I cannot let the occasion get the better of me.
“I’m going there to score goals and help Peterborough pick up two points which is all the night is about.
“Some of my best friends play for the Steeldogs and I went to the pub with a few of them the other week.
“The feedback I’ve got back from them is that they are all enjoying it a lot more under their new coach Greg Wood.
“The ethic there has always about working hard and that’s still the case, but they’re trying to play more hockey.
“They have a really good set of imports and are capable of getting goals from any line so it will be a tough night for us. But I really believe that, if we turn up at our best, we will win.
“I’m very pleased I made the move to Peterborough. It is a fantastic place to be and we have a good thing going.
“There has been great belief in the changing room from the first moment I walked in. I think everyone else around the league is now believing it too.
“All the guys put in maximum effort in every shift, in every period and in every game.”
Phantoms’ second test this weekend is provided by troubled champions Telford, who roll into Planet Ice on Sunday (October 18, 5.30pm).
The Tigers have lost six of their 10 games to date and find themselves languishing in eighth position in the 10-team division.
One of those defeats was a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Phantoms in Shropshire last month and Gibson is keen to complete a double.
He added: “Telford are a bit like Chelsea. They are obviously a great team but things are not going right for them at the moment.
“We’ve already been to their rink and picked up a win, and we’ll be looking to do the same on our ice on Sunday.
“I wanted to be part of a team that has the chance to win a game every time they take to the ice and I feel that is the case.
“We’re the team sat joint top in the league and that means people will want to beat us that bit more, but our job is to put a stamp down by continuing to get the results and build more and more momentum.
“To have three four-point weekends already is a great effort and I genuinely think teams will struggle to beat us.
“If we are on song we are capable of taking care of any side in this league and long may that continue.”