SELF-CONFESSED Huddersfield Town fan Jon Stead is ready to sink his second-favourite club – and upset most of his family – at the John Smith’s Stadium this afternoon.
The Bristol City striker will make only his second competitive return to the ground where he took his first steps in senior football.
The former Honley High School pupil and Town academy graduate netted 24 goals in 76 games for his hometown team to earn a big £1.25m move to Blackburn in January 2004.
Stead later played for Sunderland, Sheffield United and Ipswich before moving to Bristol in August 2010.
He arrives back home with second-bottom City desperate for a point pick-me-up and said: "This is similar to the situation we found ourselves in at the end of last season.
"This is the time to roll our sleeves up, get on with it and stop making excuses. We have to deal with the situation and show we have what it takes to get us out of it.
"We did it last season and we can do it again now. We just need to show the same mentality. If we get back to doing what we were at the start of this season, things will turn."
On his ties to Town, the 29-year-old explained: "I’ve supported them since I was a kid and I went through their whole system, which was a dream come true.
"But my allegiance is to whoever I am playing for and that has always been the case.
"I’ve been with enough clubs now to understand that you give everything for the one you play for.
"My family are Huddersfield supporters and I’m sure I’ll upset a few if we win.
"But I’ll deal with that if and when it happens.
"Nobody wants to be associated with a losing team and I’ll be more than happy if we can put one over on them."