Chris Porter has vowed there will be no “wild celebrations” if he scores against Sheffield United tonight, writes James Shield.
The Colchester centre-forward makes his first return to South Yorkshire this evening less than a month after leaving Bramall Lane.
With the visitors embroiled in a desperate battle for League One survival, Porter acknowledged will be no room for sentiment during a match set to exert huge influence over both club’s seasons.
But he told The Star: “If I do score then I’ll show the utmost respect. There won’t be any wild celebrations or anything like that because that would be completely out of order.
“I know I had to win them around because there were a few doubters when I first came in but, by the time I left, the fans up there were brilliant with me and so, at the very least, I owe them that.”
“It’s a huge game because we both need the points for very different reasons,” Porter added. “And I’m sure everyone at United understands that I’ll be doing everything to ensure we get them because I think we need them more.
“I suppose it all depends what sort of reception I get. If I get booed and score then I might go barmy!
“But no, joking aside, I won’t be doing anything like that.”
Porter, aged 31, made 118 appearances for seventh placed United after arriving from Derby County in 2011 and helped them reach the play-off final in 2012 and last four of the FA Cup two years later.
But, having started only three fixtures this term, he completed a permanent transfer to Tony Hume’s side last month.
Porter, who has scored twice in three outings for Colchester, said: “I didn’t want to leave but, with not playing, this season had become a bit of a nightmare and so, in the end, I had no choice.
“But there’s no sour grapes or anything. I don’t mean it like that at all but I had to go in the end because, as Nigel (Clough) and the rest of the United lads will understand, it’s always frustrating when you don’t play.
“I’m grateful for the chance that Colchester have given me and I want to repay them for that. We’ve got a good talented group down here and we’ll be looking to take something back with us.”