Izale McLeod only had one target as he eyes up his second ‘debut’ for Milton Keynes Dons.
The striker, who re-signed for the Club last week after five-and-a-half years away, is expected to play some part in the Dons’ npower League 1 game against Bury on Saturday.
Ironically, McLeod left the Dons in 2007 days before their first ever League match at stadiummk, which was against Bury. Fast-forward to 2013 and with the setting now League 1, McLeod is finally able to make a League appearance at MK1 in Dons colours.
Now the -year-old is keen to make an impression on the fans that once sung his name at the National Hockey Stadium with goals, goals, goals.
However, McLeod knows he faces a competition for places and is expecting a battle to become the number 1 striker at the Club.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s match, he said: “I don’t think the Gaffer will change his formation, so it will be a matter of him picking the players who he thinks is best for every game individually.
“There’s me, Ryan, Charlie MacDonald, Alan Smith so there is plenty of competition amongst us and it is whoever the Gaffer feels will do a better job that day.
“All I have been told since I have come back is that the Dons create so many chances, so for a striker it is a dream because you have a better chance of scoring. When I get the opportunity to play I hope I can kick it off with a few goals.
“It’s going to be great because I have history here being the leading scorer and I have a good rapport with the fans. I am looking forward to it. I would like to keep hold of my record it’s at 60 in all competitions so I hope I can add to that.”
Unable to play last weekend as he served a one-match suspension which was carried over from his time at Portsmouth, McLeod has been in training with his team-mates for over a week although only two of them – David Martin and Dean Lewington – were familiar faces.
“It’s a different Club that I come back to but I have seen the developments because I have always lived in Milton Keynes. I watched the stadium get built and it’s a really, really good club to be at now.
“I’ve had a great welcome from the fans that have stopped me while I have been out with my wife, it’s really touching. I don’t want too much of a big deal out of it but it’s kind of a dream come true.
“It was nice to see the boys (Dean and David) but all the other boys have been great too. We have a great bunch of lads here and I’m really pleased to be working with them.”