Fans favourite Rommy Boco is keen to help Accrington Stanley maintain their challenge at the top end of League Two.
The 27-year-old has returned to the Crown Ground, signing on a one-year deal from Irish side Sligo on transfer deadline day last Friday – six years after scoring Stanley’s first goal on their return to the Football League.
He admits he has come back older and wiser after spells at Burton Albion, Sligo and in China and the Benin international showed he hasn’t lost his touch with a goal on his debut in the 3-0 win at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Now he wants to turn on the style at home against promotion-hopefuls Bradford tomorrow, after sitting out the JPT defeat to Morecambe on Tuesday with a one-game ban carried over from Ireland.
"I am happy to be back in the Football League and back with manager Paul Cook," said Boco who is reunited with the man who managed him at Sligo.
"When I was at Accrington the first time I loved it.
"It was my first experience of English football and I have a lot of good memories and the fans always received me well.
"But in the last few months of my first time here, I was a bit down. I knew then I needed to get away and I think it has worked better for me.
"I have experienced a lot and think I have improved as a player and in my life. I had good times in Ireland but I wanted to come back to England to test myself, it’s easier for my family to visit but I also know Accrington, I know the league and I knew what I was coming to and I think that was a massive help to me.
"I was also happy to be linking up with Paul Cook again. I know the positive things he can bring into my life and to my football game. I feel good and hopefully the fans will support me and, if they do, I can play my best football and it will be a good time for everyone connected with the club."
Boco admitted even he was stunned to make a fairytale return in a Stanley shirt.
"It was a dream to score on my debut – I was not expecting to score – and that was good for my confidence.
"I also got a good reception from the fans.¿I have had nice messages which is also a big help.
"I know Leam (Richardson), Bavs (Ian Dunbavin) and Peter Murphy from my time here before but I had been following the club’s progress since I left and especially since Paul Cook took over, so I was aware of who the players are.
"Obviously I knew Podge (Padraig Amond) from Sligo so it’s nice to be with him again.
"There are a lot of big games now and we have to try our best to stay in the top half of the table and be as good as we can.
"Bradford is a big game tomorrow, everyone in this league wants to play as high as they can and it is tough but all we can do is stick together as a team."
With three wins out of their opening four League Two games, the Reds are in fourth place in the early standings and a win over the Bantams would be another massive step forward for Cook’s men.
The only down has been the 3-0 Exeter loss in the last league outing at the Crown Ground and midfielder George Miller admitted: "We did take a knock after the Exeter game but we do have a great deal of self-belief here, we bounced back at Cheltenham and we have just got to keep believing.
"No one gets carried away and that’s the way the gaffer is ."
Cook made huge changes for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 2-0 defeat to Morecambe on Tuesday and the Reds’ boss admitted: "It was a reality check for a few of the players who thought they should be in the first team.
"They had an opportunity to stake their claim.¿While there were some good performances, it was a reality check for others."
Defenders Toto Nsiala and Dean Winnard are expected to return for Bradford after picking up knocks against Cheltenham, as is Miller – all three missed the Morecambe defeat.
Striker James Gray is on Northern Ireland Under 21 duty this weekend.