After the club provided him with a springboard to make his way in the professional game, Mat Mitchel-King is hoping to repay Mildenhall Town by helping them in their pursuit of a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title and Challenge Cup double.
Having departed Recreation Way in 2005, Mitchel-King went on to captain both Crewe Alexandra and AFC Wimbledon in the Football League via a spell with Histon, whom he aided in their climb up the non-league ladder.
He joined Step Three side Chesham United at the start of the ongoing campaign, but issues off the field at The Meadow unsettled the centre-back and ultimately resulted in his return to Mildenhall.
The reunion was first mooted as a possibility in early February, but it was not until Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over fellow title challengers Gorleston that the 33-year-old pulled on the Mildenhall shirt again.
And with the Suffolk club fighting on two fronts between now and May, Mitchel-King is determined to play his part in his first club’s bid for silverware.
“It was always the plan to come back at one time or another. Mildenhall looked after me as a kid,” he said.
“They gave me a platform to show what I can do and a move followed, then I was on to the professional game.
“I have got a love for Mildenhall — the people and the club.
“If I can help them win the league and cup, that is fantastic and what we are aiming to do.
“You do not forget where you come from after being a young man trying to make your name in the game.
“I have been lucky enough to climb the ladder and taste the pro game and Mildenhall played a real part in that.”