Nathan Pond insists he doesn’t have anything to prove to former boss Micky Mellon.
Town’s skipper will be re-united with the one-time Fleetwood boss in tomorrow’s Boxing Day clash at Shrewsbury.
But despite having been sent out on loan by Mellon following Town’s promotion to the Football League, Pond insists there’s no bad blood.
He said: “I’ve not got a point to prove to Micky or anyone.
“He knows my ability, I know my ability.
“I’m still here, playing in League One and captain of the club.
“He was honest with me, said I wasn’t going to play and allowed me to go out on loan.
“We had a talk before the JPT game and he said he was happy to see me playing.”
Pond played in the Mellon side which won the Conference title in 2012, although he joked his former boss had an easy life.
“Micky did a great job here but he had Jamie Vardy helping him out - that made it a bit easier,” said Pond.
“It wasn’t just him, Andy Mangan and Magno Viera scored plenty too.
“It was a special team, we’re still in touch to this day.
“We had fanastic team spirit.”
The two sides sit side-by-side in the League One table, both embroiled in a relegation scrap.
And Pond admits that adds spice to the festive encounter.
He said: “It’s the best time of the year for sports fans, there’s plenty of games in a short period of time.
“You’ve just got to keep yourself fit and look after yourself.
“I’ve not played the last couple of Boxing Day games through injury so I’m looking forward to this one.
“It’s an important game - they’re down there next to us at the moment.”