Carl Magnay is expecting another tough test for his Hartlepool United teammates against his former club Gateshead.
The 26-year-old defender made 77 appearances over a two-year spell for his hometown team before leaving to join Grimsby Town in the summer of 2014.
I have played against them a couple of times since I left and you are always guaranteed a good gameCARL MAGNAY
After a 12-month stint with the Mariners, Magnay is now back in the North- East at League Two Pools.
And he is looking forward to the friendly against his former club.
Gateshead like to keep possession and the versatile defender believes the contest at the International Stadium (KO 3pm) will suit Pools, as Ronnie Moore looks to hone his side’s playing style ahead of the new season.
Magnay told SportMail: “I am looking forward to playing against Gateshead.
“I have played against them a couple of times since I left and you are always guaranteed a good game.
“They are a possession-based side, which will suit us down to the ground.
“It is another good test for us.”
Magnay was part of the Pools defence that conceded four in midweek to Scunthorpe United – a result and performance which left Moore angry with his side.
They have a chance to put things right this afternoon against the National League outfit, with Michael Woods set for his first start since dislocating his ankle
and fracturing his fibula in a league game against Wimbledon back in February.
Number One keeper Trevor Carson is also expected to be named in the starting line-up.
And the 27-year-old is keen to keep hold of his place in the first team, with reserve keeper and fellow new signing Adam Bartlett pushing him all the way.
Carson added: “I want to start every game, I was buzzing to play 90 minutes against Scunthorpe.
“I think I was originally only supposed to play 60 minutes and obviously Bart wants to play every game too.
“Young Pete [Denton] wants to be involved too but I don’t want to be missing any games.
“I had a slight hamstring last week and was pleased I took a couple of days out because it really settled.
“I want to be playing every game though - league cup, Johnstone’s Paint Trophy matches - every game!
“That is just the type of person I am.”