Oldham Athletic midfielder Davis Keillor-Dunn is out to write his own name in Sunderland's history as he takes on his boyhood club in the Papa John's Trophy this evening.
Born in Sunderland, the 24-year-old has kept a close eye on the club he supported as a youngster and is relishing the chance to play at the Stadium of Light.
Keillor-Dunn was part of the Latics side that were knocked out of the competition by Lee Johnson's side at the same stage last year, but is looking to go one better this time out.
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Speaking to Oldham Athletic's official website, he said: â€œI idolised Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn throughout my childhood and theyâ€™re two big names within football. Iâ€™ve witnessed the club in the Premier League, the good times in the North East.
"It's a great club, obviously, itâ€™s a shame that theyâ€™re in League One, but it's all about Oldham tomorrow for me, I just want to beat them and progress through to the nest round of the cup.
â€œYou always want to do one better and you want to get further than that last time. Obviously, it's the same opposition at a different stadium, but going forward weâ€™ve got to learn and adapt to different surfaces and opposition.
"As I said, we want to better our position in the cup from last year and get further and get to that next round (Last 16). It's a good test for us against the holders and I believe that we've got more than enough in that dressing room to win the game and turn things around.â€
He added: â€œIâ€™ve never played at the Stadium of Light before in my career, so itâ€™ll be a nice moment for myself.
"Itâ€™s a dream come true to play there, after following them since I can remember with my Mum and Dad taking me to the games and weâ€™d stand on the terraces, so itâ€™s a great feeling and Iâ€™ll relish the moment with all my family and friends there.
"But when I get there, Iâ€™ll be working harder than ever in order to get the job done. Thatâ€™s the biggest thing for me.
"It'll only be a good experience if we get the win as a team because, for the Oldham fans, what will probably also be their first trip to Sunderland, they deserve something to smile about after what has been a very tough season so far.â€
Keillor-Dunn has kept a close eye on the Black Cats this season and admits the visitors have done their homework ahead of this evening.
â€œThey're going to be good on the ball, theyâ€™re towards the top of the league above us, so it will be difficult," he said.
"Weâ€™ve got to set up in the correct manner and we mustnâ€™t get brought down with their passing game as well as staying compact and try to score with ourselves. We're there to win the game, we're not there to just defend with that, so I'm looking forward to it.â€