FORMER Carlisle United winger Adam Rundle today pledged to show Blues fans what they are missing when he returns to Brunton Park with Mansfield on Saturday
Durham-born Rundle, 21, told News & Star Sport he couldn't wait to make his first appearance at Carlisle since he left the club over a year ago.
And he will be looking to put one over on United boss Paul Simpson, who released him after a 14-month spell at Carlisle.
Rundle made 25 league starts for the Blues after being signed by Roddy Collins despite interest from Premiership Fulham in January 2003.
He turned in a man-of-the-match performance in Carlisle's LDV Vans Trophy Final defeat by Bristol City that May but fell out of favour when Simpson replaced Collins at the United helm the following season.
The talented left-winger was then snapped up by Collins at Dublin City but returned to England this January when Carlton Palmer brought him to Mansfield.
Rundle, formerly of Darlington, has been in and out of the Stags team this term as they slumped to second bottom of League Two“ a run that brought about the resignation of former England star Palmer last month.
But the winger started and scored in their 4-0 demolition of Shrewsbury last Friday and expects to be in caretaker-boss Peter Shirtliff's starting line-up against Simpson's team on Saturday.
It would be nice to play well and show people what they are missing, Rundle said.
I'm really looking forward to it. I had a good time at Carlisle " to run out in a cup final at the Millennium Stadium was one of the highlights of my career. Things went a bit sour towards the end but unfortunately that's part and parcel of football.
I'm not too fussed about all that now. I'm just concerned with playing my own game and helping Mansfield win games.
After his release from Carlisle, Rundle wrote a letter to the News & Star thanking the United fans for their support and speaking of his frustration at his limited opportunities under Simpson.
And he said today: I always liked the fans. They always supported me and the team well when I was up there. It will be nice to return on Saturday and see what kind of reception I get.
MANSFIELD are without Chris Beardsley and have doubts over Gavin Peers and Adam Birchall but veteran striker Adrian Littlejohn should be fit.
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