The one-time Leeds United stopper will come face to face with his former club next season.
The 'keeper left Elland Road in 2015 after coming through the youth ranks at the club, and after moving first to Chesterfield Town and then Rotherham United he now finds himself at League One side Fleetwood where he will be hoping to kick-start his career.
Now 23, Cairns clearly still has Leeds in his heart as he was quick to celebrate after the two sides were drawn together in the first round of next season’s League Cup.
“Buzzing with that cup draw,” Cairns wrote on social media. “Playing against the club that taught me everything I know.”
It is the first time Leeds and Fleetwood have met and it will be an early banana skin for new Whites manager Garry Monk to navigate while he also attempts to oversee a promotion push from the Championship at the first time of asking.
Cairns now has extra motivation to ensure he is Fleetwood’s number one stopper by the time Leeds come to town in early August.
Buzzing with that cup draw! Playing against the club that taught me everything I know— Alex Cairns (@AlexCairns30) June 22, 2016