Jerry Yates returns to familiar surroundings in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend, having represented Harrogate Town on loan five years ago.
The striker, who made a temporary switch from Rotherham United at the time, has fond memories of his experience with the Sulphurites and is relishing the opportunity to return to Wetherby Road.
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s where I started my professional career, so it will be nice to go back,” Yates said.
“They gave me my first chance in men’s football. I’m sure they toughened me up in those first few months I was there.”
Since that loan spell, both player and club have gone from strength-to-strength, with the latter achieving promotion to Sky Bet League Two last season.
“It’s been massive (the rise). They were in the Conference North when I was there, so to come up two leagues and still be holding their own and doing very well is good to see.”
In terms of the challenge that awaits, Yates knows full well that Blackpool will need to be on form to progress.
“We’ve got to go out there and give it our all. We know what we need to do, and we know what we need to do to win the game. We want to be in the hat on Monday,” he admitted.
“If we don’t match and maintain our standards, then we know what will happen. I’m sure we will be going into the game on Saturday with the right mindset.”