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Meyler Looking Forward To Sunderland Reunion

David Meyler - a Sunderland connection with Hull worth actually talking about.

Matthew Lewis

David Meyler is excited about his first playing return to the Stadium of Light, although insists he has no split loyalties.

The midfielder was a popular figure amongst fans during his time on Wearside and has enjoyed a busy season at Hull under Steve Bruce. He clearly retains plenty of affection for his former club, though.

He told Hull's official website:

It will be nice to go back up there.

I spent nearly five years there and made a lot of good friends. I still speak to a lot of the players there, some of the coaching staff as well as people who worked in the kitchens and some of the cleaners.

Everybody up there was always very good to me and I had a great time there. I also had some tough times while I was there with my two injuries, but the fans were always good to me and I came through it.

I've been back up there a few times to watch the team play, but this will be the first time I have been back as an opposing player.

Come Saturday, I only want to go up there to win and get three points with Hull City.

Sunderland have been flying recently under their new manager.

Both sides will be looking at this game as one they can win and I'm sure their fans will be turning up delighted after beating Newcastle 3-0 last weekend.

It's a new period for them after a bad start to the season and they've turned it around, credit to them for that.

But we've just got to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we're bang up for this one because it's going to be a tough game up there.

David Meyler was always something of a strange case for me. I can't remember a player who did so little here being so popular amongst the fans.

Granted, he endured a very tough time with injury, and that will have obviously generated a lot of goodwill toward him. He was also one of the first Sunderland players to really interact with supporters via social media, back when it was all novel and fun.

Of the plethora of Sunderland connections with Hull at the moment - Steve Bruce, Ahmed Elmohamady, Paul McShane, Steve Harper (kinda) - he is easily the least irrelevant. That's intended to be much nicer than it sounds. Honest.

It has been genuinely nice to see him do so well down there though. Just hope his return is spoiled for him by a rotten result.