Southampton winger Lee Holmes relishing Derby County return
Southampton winger Lee Holmes says he is relishing the chance to face his old club Derby County this weekend.
Holmes, 24, began his career at Derby as a trainee and spent six seasons at the club before joining Saints in 2008.
Saints travel to third-placed Derby with a three-point lead at the top.
"This game means a lot to me and it would be nice to be involved, so we will see what happens in the next couple of days," Holmes told BBC Radio Solent.
Holmes made a scoring return to the team in Southampton's last league game as they beat Watford 4-0.
Prior to that he has been restricted to three appearances in the Carling Cup this season.
"It was great to be part of the team and part of the squad, so from my point of view I want to keep in and around it and give the manager options," added Holmes.
"Everyone could see how happy I was to score and the team spirit we have here is just fantastic, and I think that has shown in our performances so far this season.
"The next month is a big month for us, the games are coming thick and fast and we'll see where we are at the end of it."
Holmes, who made his debut for Derby aged 15 years and 268 days, is quick to acknowledge the Rams' decent start to the season, citing manager Nigel Clough as a key factor in their success.
"It is a place where I grew up and I always look out for their results," said Holmes.
"They are going well as are we and it would be a big game for me to be involved in and something I am really looking forward to.
"They've got a good team spirit up there and Nigel has got them playing the way he wants.
"He has been there a couple of years now and everyone knows you need a couple of years to settle in.
"It seems that this year they are having a right good go at it. It's nice to see they have given Nigel a good go in the job."