Former Stevenage striker returns to the Lamex Stadium
- Credit: Daniel Wilson
While one man has hit the national headlines today (Thursday) for allegedly returning to the Lamex Stadium, another has definitely walked back through the door at the club.
Ex-boss Teddy Sheringham reportedly wore a disguise to attend Boro’s first home clash after his departure, however, striker Byron Harrison was more open about his homecoming.
The 28-year-old has rejoined Boro on a one-month loan deal from League One Chesterfield after an injury-hit campaign restricted him to just three substitute outings at the Proact Stadium this season.
The gangly forward, who notched 10 goals in 46 appearances during an 18-month spell at Stevenage that culminated in January 2012, is happy to be back and in the frame for some game time.
Harrison said: “Within six months of being here before, we’d been to Old Trafford when we got promoted to League One so I’ve only got good memories of my time here.
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“My goal is just to get back on the pitch and playing and scoring. That’s my only short-term goal. My long-term goal is obviously to get back to scoring goals week-in week-out like I was when I left Stevenage. It’s been a frustrating time having spent a lot of time off the pitch but I’m looking forward to Saturday. It’s the first time I’ve looked forward to Saturday in a while actually.”
Harrison admits to having kept an eye on Stevenage’s recent fortunes with Spireites team-mate and good friend Armand Gnanduillet having embarked on a successful three-month spell at the club earlier in the season.
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Gnanduillet scored six times in 16 games before returning to Chesterfield and Harrison hopes he can step into the scoring boots vacated by his colleague, starting on Saturday when Boro host Cambridge United in League Two.
He continued: “I spoke to him while he was here to check on him and to see if he was enjoying his time here which he said he did.
“We have similar attributes but I think the fans will see a different Byron to the one that they saw when we came through from non-league football. I hope the goals are still there and hopefully that’s the Byron the fans enjoyed watching.”
He added: “There’s a good energy around the place. Obviously I have come in just after a win and the lads have worked hard to get that so I just need to jump on board. It’s similar to my first-ever game here when I had to jump on board with the expectations the manager [Graham Westley] had at the time so I’m looking forward to it.”