Pope is eager for revenge

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FORMER Rotherham United striker Tom Pope says he has a point to prove to Millers boss Andy Scott when his new club, Port Vale, host his old team on Saturday.

Pope joined Rotherham from Crewe in a £150,000 deal in the summer of 2009. He had a loan spell with Vale last season before being recalled by the Millers before the end of the campaign.

However, Pope, who scored against Staffordshire rivals Crewe last week, felt he was frozen out by Scott.

After training with the club’s youth squad during pre-season a deal was reached on the last year of his contract, which opened up a move to the Potteries.

“I’ll definitely have a point to prove on Saturday,” said Pope, who scored six goals in 41 starts for Rotherham.

“Scoring in derbies is great, but when things happen to you at a club that you don’t like then it feels even better to score goals against them.

“I got on great with all the Rotherham players, but things happen in football that give you more adrenaline for certain games. That doesn’t mean I’ll be over-physical or flying in with two-footed tackles because my Rotherham teammates weren’t the problem.

“But I’d like to get a few goals to let a certain person know he made a mistake.

“Saying that, I’m happy he felt the way he did because I wouldn’t be with the club I support and scoring goals in derbies,” he added.