BRENDON King is not too concerned about the threat Warren Byerley might pose at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
The Kettering Town forward is still recuperating from the knee operation that the Terras helped pay for back in May but after coming through 45 minutes in a midweek friendly against Rotherham United, it appears a competitive debut against his former club could still be on the cards.
Byerley netted 50 goals in two seasons for Weymouth but his return in Poppies’ colours is likely to receive a frosty reception.
Commenting on the prospect, King told Echosport: “There could be three ex-Weymouth lads in their squad as they also have Ben Gerring and Ed Palmer, so it should be interesting.
“We know those players’ strengths and weaknesses and obviously we will look to play on that.”
When asked about Byerley in particular, he went on to joke: “If he plays we will just kick him in his bad knee – that’s easily dealt with.”
On a more serious note, King knows exactly what to expect from Kettering and in particular their new boss. He added: “They appear to be undergoing a huge transition up there and are looking at loads of players but you always know what you are going to get with John Beck sides.
“He is a very experienced manager that has won countless promotions and he will have his side working the channels and getting the ball into the box at every opportunity.
“Being full-time his side will also be extremely fit and well-organised so it is going to be a massive test but one we are all really looking forward to.”
Lewis Clarke has shaken off a knock and is available for selection for the Terras but Ashley Wells remains sidelined with a broken ankle.
King said: “We have had a good pre-season but the real business starts now.
“This is an exciting time for everyone and hopefully we can put on a good show in front of a big crowd and come away with something.”
Terras (from): Evans, Povall, Critchell, Poole, Jeannin, McConnell, Dixon, Clarke, Clay, Reed, Duff, Walker, Ford, Smith, Groves, Joyce.