Shrewsbury Town face Tranmere Rovers this weekend as they look to plot a way up the League One table and one player is relishing the chance to face his former club.
Speaking to the Shropshire Star, Ollie Norburn admitted he’s got nothing but good things to say about the Shrews next opponents, despite lining up against them this weekend.
After drifting out of the Football League, he rebuilt his career in the National League with Mickey Mellon’s side, last appearing for them at Wembley as they beat Boreham Wood and earned a place in League Two.
“It was special. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Tranmere as a club and the fans and manager there,” said Norburn.
“There’s still players that I played with, I’ve got nothing but respect for them. It was a great season that we had. We had good players, the likes of James Norwood, who has obviously gone on to Ipswich now, Connor Jennings who is still there and Andy Cooke who went to Walsall.”
Despite the happy times he spent at Prenton Park, he is settled at Shrewsbury, having played a key part in their successful survival bid last season.
“It was a good time but the opportunity to come here came around and I’ve not looked back.”
The Shrews are currently 12th in the table, six points behind Blackpool who occupy the final play-off spot with just under a quarter of the season gone.
They face a Tranmere side who are struggling to adapt to life after promotion; Mellon’s team have won just twice and are fourth from bottom, five points clear of Southend United in the final relegation spot.
Ollie Norburn had to show immense fortitude when dropping out of the Football League, but he did well for Tranmere. The side that earned promotion for them boasted a host of players who went on to much better things and on paper, it might even be classed as being stronger than their current squad.
Times change though and the Prenton Park outfit represents a fine chance for points this weekend. The Shrews look better under Sam Ricketts than they did when he first arrived and he’s been given time to shape the side.
Ollie Norburn hasn’t played a key role in that, something he’ll hope to change over the coming weeks.