Roy Carroll is eagerly anticipating his return to English football this weekend when Notts County face Preston North End at Deepdale.
Carroll's last competitive game in English football was a League Cup encounter against Manchester United for Derby County back in January 2009.
Since then, the goalkeeper has played in Denmark and Greece with OB Odense, OFI Crete and Olympiakos, but returned to England earlier this month after agreeing a one-year deal at Meadow Lane.
Carroll is counting down the minutes to the Sky Bet League 1 curtain-raiser and hopes to keep impressing the County faithful like he has in his two pre-season appearances.
“Four and a half years I’ve been away - it’s a long time - but when I heard Notts were interested I was happy to get involved with English football again," he told Magpie Player.
“It’s early days so I’m not getting carried away, as I know what football’s like - you get knocked down and built up again.
“I had a real good time in the friendly last Friday against the Spanish and the fans were singing my name and it’s fantastic.
“Hopefully I can have more nights like that than bad nights, but I’m looking forward to Preston and hopefully I’ll be fit for selection for my first game in English football for a long time.”
He added: “Against Preston, it’s not going to be an easy game but everyone’s looking forward to it because we got a nice little win against the Spanish on Friday night.
“Keeping a clean sheet gave everyone a lift and if we can do that against Preston, give a good game and show the fans what we’re going to give to them this season.
“We’ve got a young team with some experienced players coming in now and I’m hoping that we can do well for the fans and the city and push ourselves as far as we can up the league.”
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