PRESTON goalkeeper Steve Simonsen is looking forward to pulling on the gloves against his former club.
The 33-year-old, who began his career at Rovers prior to a £1million move to Everton in 1998, said: “I always like to go back to old clubs and old stomping grounds, it is good to go back and one I am looking forward to.
“It has that extra edge, but I want to be involved in every game. That’s what I am pushing for, regardless of who it is against, but if it’s one of your previous clubs it gives it that little bit more.”
Simonsen regained his place in the Preston side for the 3-2 win at Scunthorpe in midweek.
“I am just delighted to be back in the side really and we picked up three points on Tuesday night when I played as well, which was good,” he added.
Simonsen is not the only former Rovers man in the squad, with Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, John Welsh and the 2012 Tranmere player of the year David Buchanan hoping to be involved.
Simonsen said: “We have got a lot of players going back, so hopefully I won’t be the one the fans divert their boos at!
“We have a few lads who have done well for Tranmere, so hopefully everyone will get a good reception.
“I am sure Shane and Welshy will be looking forward to it as well.
“I was there when Iain Hume was there and he was just coming through and it was good for us that they lost again on Tuesday night.
“We have now pegged another three points back on them and it makes the game on Saturday that much bigger.
“It will be a big game as we can go within six points of them if we can win the game.
“Considering they are top and have been so comfortably top in the last few weeks, they are there to be shot at now and everybody wants to go there and turn them over.
“They were turned over on Tuesday and we will be looking to do exactly the same on Saturday.”