CHRISTIAN Jolley insists he has nothing to prove to the club that deemed him not good enough for League Two as Newport County AFC head to AFC Wimbledon today.
Jolley is on a high after finally ending his 32-game goal drought with the opener in last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at Rodney Parade.
And the 25-year-old should be highly motivated as he faces the club that sold him to County in January 2013.
But Jolley says he has happy memories of his three years with the Dons and his only focus is on getting back to the kind of form that helped seal County’s promotion from the Conference last season.
“I had some great times at Wimbledon,” he said. “They gave me my first opportunity and I’m looking forward to going back.
“I’m not sure what sort of reception I’ll get. It could go either way.
“But I haven’t got a point to prove to anyone at Wimbledon. I’ve got a point to prove at Newport.
“Wimbledon is in the past. I had my time there, I was treated very well but it came to an end and this is a new chapter for me.”
Jolley’s aim now is to build some momentum for next season after a campaign wrecked by a major groin injury.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself and it’s been difficult this year,” he said. “I haven’t felt as if I’ve contributed as much as I did last season.
“Thankfully the boys stuck with me and the goal finally came. I need a few more to get myself back up to scratch but I’m going in the right direction.
“I need to show that consistency and hopefully end the season on a high and take that into next season.
“It worked last year but then unfortunately I got injured,” he added.
“Playing catch-up is always difficult because I didn’t hit the ground running but I’m feeling the best I have for a long time now.”
Jolley is not the only ex-Wimbledon player likely to be involved for the Exiles today with Max Porter, Lee Minshull and Ryan Jackson also going back to their former club.
“Anyone going to pit their wits against their old club will want to show the opposition fans what they’re all about,” said County manager Justin Edinburgh.
“We’ve got a few in there so I’m sure they’ll be looking for the right result.
“I don’t see why Jolls shouldn’t get a good reception,” he added.
“It was pleasing to see him get back on the scoresheet last week because he’s worked tirelessly and his approach to every training session and every game has been first class.
“It’s been a testing and difficult time for him but, fair play to him; he’s shown the right attitude and mental approach to overcome that.”