FORMER Shots legend Gary Abbott claims he would jump at the chance of a return to the Rec - even though it's just two weeks since joining rivals Grays.
Abbo makes his first return to Aldershot this Saturday, along with fellow ex-Shots Owen Coll and Stafford Browne as the free-spending Essex outfit go in search of their first win of the season.
But Abbo, who netted over 120 goals for the Shots in just three season, claims the Rec is where the heart is, and still ponders life playing in front of the roaring 2,000+ crowds.
He said: "It's going to be really nice going back to the Rec this Saturday, but the truth is I never wanted to leave in the first place.
"George Borg was telling me he wanted me to stay but really he wanted rid. Why would have I wanted to leave when, at 35/36, I was really enjoying my football in front of big crowds?
"The travelling was a hassle for me, living in Kent, but I still think about my days at Aldershot, and I'd love to go back, of course I would. I'm really looking forward to going back on Saturday, and just hope I get the opportunity to play and do well in front of the Aldershot fans."
Abbo's first job in a Grays shirt is to get them out of an early dilemma. Despite the vast sums of money spent, Athletic have only amassed three points from their opening six games, and not a win in sight.
Abbott, however, believes a first success is just around the corner and it could be Aldershot in line for a backlash. He continued: "Sooner or later someone is going to get a hiding, who knows, it might even come on Saturday?!
"We've been playing well, we just haven't had any luck in front of goal. Tuesday night at Kingstonian was typical. We hit the bar, had a goal disallowed and did everything but score."
Abbott is hoping to get the nod on Saturday after being dropped to the bench for the Kingstonian game, while Browne is unlikely to figure at all, following an unresolved dispute with the manager over finances.
The popular figure of Coll, however, is almost certain to take his place in the Grays back line, while other big name signings Mark Stimson and Adam Miller from Canvey Island are also expected to start.
One man who's well aware of ex-Aldershot trio's capabilities is assistant boss Stuart Cash, who has been watching their progress with interest.
Cash and boss Terry Brown saw them go down to a 1-0 defeat to runaway leaders St Albans on Saturday and had scouts watching the Kingstonian defeat on Tuesday night.
And Cash is under no illusions as to the task Aldershot face this weekend. He said: "Grays have surprised me in the fact they haven't won yet, but they are still a good, strong, physical side and Saturday will be a big test for us.
"It will be nice to see Abbo and Owen back, I'm sure they will get a good reception, but we won't be doing them any favours."
The good news for Aldershot fans is that Roscoe D'sane is back and was due to take his place in attack for the trip to Enfield as the News went to press on Wednesday night.
Paul Moody (the new Abbo) is also winning his battle to be fit for Saturday, as is midfield man Lee Holsgrove. Elsewhere, Paul Buckle went into hospital for an operation on his ankle on Wednesday morning and is three or four weeks away from a return while Nick Roddis is pencilling in a return to first team in action in a fortnight.
Cash added: "The first six games of the league have showed us that this division is wide open this year - it's really up for grabs. The key word for us this year is consistency. We must make sure when we play poorly that we don't concede, while trying to nick one at the other end.
"We have a tough period ahead of us and if we can consistently pick up points then it will stand us in good stead."