Jordan Graham has insisted that he had a very good relationship with Aston Villa supporters during his time with the club, but would still love to prove a point by scoring against them next season, the Express and Star reports.
The 21-year-old came through the youth ranks at Villa Park, but spent much of his time out on loan and left for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2015 having never made an appearance for the Villains.
But with Villa being relegated from the Premier League this past season, Graham could have the chance to prove just how wrong his former club were to not give him a chance before letting him go.
And he explained that while he will always speak fondly of the supporters who wanted the winger to be given an opportunity, he would love to make a statement should he come up against them next season.
"I hope to God when the fixtures come out the away fixture is past October time," he told the Express and Star. "I don't want to miss that at all!
"I'd love to score in front of the Holte End. Football's football, you get sold or released, it's a game and a job.
"But I'd be over the moon.
"It's a case of proving something to them. The Villa fans were legendary to me, I've not got a bad word to say about the club, I was there from aged eight to 19 and loved it."
With the youngster set to miss the start of the campaign due to a cruciate ligament injury that has kept him out since January, there is no doubt that he will return to Kenny Jackett's side fully determined to make up for lost time.
And as he may have the chance of being able to prove a point to his first club at some stage in the near future, his motivation to quickly re-establish himself as the player that glided past full-backs with ease last season before putting in fantastic crosses will surely reach another level.
And if he is able to reach the same heights he hit last season, then it may be very difficult for Villa to prevent their former trainee coming back to haunt them.