SHEFFIELD United captain Nick Montgomery has vowed to give his former teammate, Phil Jagielka, a rough ride at Goodison Park.
Danny Wilson’s side face Everton, the club Jagielka joined four years ago, in what promises to be an emotional Carling Cup second-round tie tomorrow night.
The two men grew up together at Bramall Lane before Jagielka, now an England international, completed a £4 million transfer to the Premier League.
Despite keeping in close contact ever since, Montgomery admitted: “I’ll be looking forward to meeting up with Jags again and then giving him a good kick.
“I know he’ll be thinking exactly the same about me.
“We’re really good mates and I’ve got so much admiration for him given how his career has progressed.
“We speak a lot on the telephone and we’ve kept in touch but we don’t actually see each other as much as we’d like because he’s got two kids now and so have I.
“That keeps us busy.”
Jagielka, who made nearly 300 appearances for United, has gone from strength to strength since leaving South Yorkshire in 2007.
With another exciting generation of talent recently graduating from its youth academy at Shirecliffe - United reached the FA Youth Cup Final last term - Montgomery believes sampling life inside one of England’s most atmospheric stadiums will help the likes of Harry Maguire and Matthew Lowton follow Jagielka’s lead by realising their potential.
“We’ve got lads who I’m convinced can go on to play at the highest level and it’s going to be a great experience for them,” he said.
“It will be for all of us of course but some of us have been up there before whereas it will all be new for them. That’s going to be great for their education.
“They can do what Jags has done, I’m sure of that, but hopefully it will be with us.”
Montgomery, now 29, was also member of the squad which gained promotion to the Premier League in 2006 before being controversially relegated 12 months later.
“The biggest priority for us this season is getting out of this division but we’ll be going there to try and win the game,” he said.