Will Buckley will come up against former teammate Kallum Higginbotham when Brighton & Hove Albion face Partick Thistle in Spain this evening.
The pair were both at Rochdale together before they headed in different directions, with Buckley moving south and Higginbotham going north to Scotland - but they have been reunited during pre-season and will be on opposite sides in tonight's friendly at the Pinatar Arena.
“I played with Kallum at Rochdale and it will be a good test as he is also a winger. It is the first time I have seen him in a long while because I moved away down to Watford then down to Brighton.
“He will obviously remember me from Rochdale so I expect he will pass what he knows on to whoever is playing against me today!
“It will be tough in this heat, I don’t know too much about Partick as a side, but they have been out here working hard like us, so I anticipate a tough game and probably another step up from 45 to 60 minutes. I expect it will be more of a challenge fitness wise than technically.”
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Meanwhile the midfielder has echoed the view of Jake Forster-Caskey and Andrew Crofts, and says Sami Hyypia’s methods have brought the entire squad closer together during the trip to Spain.
He added, “The manager's thoughts are very team related, he wants everyone to be united on and off the pitch - we like that approach so it has been good. He puts his thoughts across well and wants everyone to respect each other and that is what we are about.
“You get to spend a lot of time with each other on pre-season, so you get to know one another better, including the new lads and the younger ones coming through. It gives everyone a chance to bed in with us and it will stand us in good stead for the season.
“Everyone is genuinely enjoying training, there is a lot of football and since the first day the quality has gone up massively and everyone is getting used to what the manager wants.
“It is a new system we are playing this year so it will take a few weeks to adjust but this season is going to be another good test for us. Hopefully this season we can take it that couple of steps further."