Former Leeds United captain Robert Snodgrass says he will look for a positive reception from the club who “gave me my chance” when he comes back to Elland Road on Saturday.
The Hull City winger – fit again after a long-term knee injury – is set for his first appearance against United since leaving the club in 2012 after completing his comeback in a League Cup tie at Manchester City on Tuesday night.
Snodgrass was controversially sold by Leeds to Norwich City in July 2012, departing at a time when the club were in the thick of a proposed takeover by Bahraini bank Gulf Finance House.
The deal earned United in the region of £3m but robbed the club of one of their top players and a footballer who had been given the armband by then manager Neil Warnock.
Snodgrass spent two years in the Premier League with Norwich before joining Hull in a £6m deal in 2014.
The 28-year-old Glaswegian, a Scotland international who played more than 160 times for Leeds, said he would be “forever grateful” to United for bringing him south from Livingston in 2008.
He attended a game between Leeds and Norwich at Elland Road last season but will make his first return to the ground as an opposition player during Saturday’s Yorkshire derby.
“Leeds United gave me my chance and I’ll be forever grateful for that,” Snodgrass said. “They brought me down from Scotland and introduced me to English football.
“They were great for me but I’m now signed for Hull City and I will be wanting to try and get three points for Hull.
“I believe they (the Leeds fans) will give me a decent reception but I know as soon as I go on the park, there’ll be boos. I’m a Hull City player now and I want Hull to win.”
Snodgrass dislocated a knee cap shortly after joining Hull and admitted his long recovery period had put thoughts about the significance of a reunion with Leeds to the back of his mind.
“If I didn’t actually have to come through the injury, then I would be thinking about it obviously,” Snodgrass said. “But to me it’s just another game. That’s the whole truth.”