CONNOR Ripley's first game in a Brewers shirt could be against the club he helped to record 18 clean sheets last season.
Ripley signed for the Brewers yesterday on a season-long loan from Middlesbrough after spending last season out at Oldham Athletic.
He now goes straight into the squad for the Brewers Carabao Cup tie at Oldham on Wednesday, ready to take on the club where he won three awards at the end of last season after an outstanding campaign.
Ripley says: "It’s a bit ironic but that’s the way football goes - you end up playing against teams you have played for previously.
"At Oldham last season everyone was saying we would be relegated and I was only the fifth player to be signed there so we did really well. We stayed up and it was good experience."
He was also delighted with those 18 clean sheets.
“I matched the club record. That was the aim, to either beat or match it, and I did it on the last day of the season with a clean sheet against Wimbledon.
"I loved it there, the fans were brilliant with me and so was the chairman and manager. I really enjoyed my time there and it was a successful season.
“I looked at the fixtures when I came to Burton and couldn’t believe it was Oldham but I’m looking forward to going back there."