Paul Warne is excited for a reunion this weekend with a familiar face, or as the Rotherham boss put it “familiar teeth”.
The Millers welcome Northampton to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday where former striker Alex Revell will be spearheading the visitors’ attack.
The 34-year-old needs no introduction around these parts following his contribution during a three-and-a-half-year stay at the club, which culminated in his ambitious-but-brilliant moment at Wembley.
Warne, who was the club’s fitness coach during Revell’s time in South Yorkshire, became close with the striker and is excited to meet up and talk about happy times with his pal.
“You say familiar face, I say familiar teeth,” he joked of Revell’s appearance. “He is a great, great lad and one of the best we have had here to be honest.
“He just wanted to win, lived his life right, is a funny kid, is a good family man with good morals and I was really close with him.
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“I spent a lot of time with him, I was like his psychiatrist at times, but he was in my opinion an archetype Rotherham striker.
“Revs will always be remembered here as a legend for scoring that goal at Wembley, which was a cross!
“He was brilliant and I look forward to seeing him, I still speak to him pretty regularly, not as regularly as we did.
“I’m going to have to go and clean my teeth after I see him because he makes you feel worse about yourself.”
Revell may be in the autumn of his career heading at 34, but he has still impressed with the Cobblers this season.
And Warne reckons that the arrival of Jimmy Floyd Hassebaink as their new boss will increase his levels even further.
“Just watching some of their games, he looks very mobile and didn’t look any less of a player than when I last saw him.
“I think he has got the bit between his teeth and I know what Revs is like, he will definitely want to impress the new manager.
“I always think when a new manager comes in certain players always seem to get a little bit more and Revs is one who is old enough and wise enough to realise he needs to get on the right side of the new manager pretty quick.
“His performances have been really good so he will be one of the threats on Saturday.”
Warne likened Revell to his current targetman, Kieffer Moore, whose groin injury appears to be improving.
He trained as normal with the rest of the group on Thursday, the first time he has done so after a game since suffering the problem just over two weeks ago.
The news is not so good for Ben Purrington and Jon Taylor, though, who will both miss Saturday’s clash.
Purrington is out for a minimum of two weeks with a hamstring injury while Jon Taylor has a knee problem, though Warne hopes that issue will be resolved in “days not weeks”.