Ryan Ledson will be meeting up with a few mates on Saturday – but he hopes he is one smiling at the end.
The 21-year-old Merseysider, signed from Oxford United in the summer and was delighted to return ‘back home’ to the north.
An early season sending off hindered his progress, but now he hopes he can make an impression in the Lancashire clash – and upset a number of his pals.
“I know Paul Cook, the Wigan manager, he is from near me,” said Ryan. “He is a top fella and has done absolutely brilliant for Wigan and had done well at Portsmouth before that. I am looking forward to seeing him.
“I know Callum Connolly and Antonee Robinson, on loan from Everton, they are two of my good mates, so it will be nice to catch up with them as well and I played with Chey Dunkley, he was at Oxford with me. There are a few familiar faces.”
Ryan is on the hunt for his first PNE goal – he hit the post against the Baggies last time out and hopes to get off the mark soon.
“I hit the post against West Brom, but that seems to be the way it is going at the moment for all of us. I know I will score – I don’t care if it’s a scrappy one although I hope it is a good one!”
There’s loads more from Ryan in Saturday’s edition of The One And Only, as he discusses his career so far, his love of cricket and his hopes and aspirations for the future.
He is one of many interviews packed into this weekend’s edition of the matchday programme, including Tom Clarke, Ben Pearson, Sean Maguire, Carlo Nash, Joe Garner, Mick Rathbone and more.
Make sure you pick up your copy of the 100-page edition of The One And Only for just £3, on sale from Friday afternoon from the club’s Sir Tom Finney Stand ticket office, or from our sellers inside and outside the stadium on matchday.