MARCUS BIGNOT will feel at home when Rushden & Diamonds head to Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow.
The 28-year-old Birmingham-born defender readily admits that his time at Aggborough was special as a springboard for his Football League career.
He left the Worcestershire club in a 200,000 deal with Crewe Alexandra in August 1997 just after missing out to Macclesfield Town on promotion from the Conference.
Bignot made nearly 100 appearances for Dario Gradi’s side before moving on to Bristol Rovers and then QPR.
He turned down the offer of a new contract at Loftus Road in the summer and joined Diamonds, initially on a monthly basis until he signed a long-term deal in November.
Bignot played on the opening day of the season at Swansea City but damaged medial knee ligaments only 11 minutes into his home debut against Torquay United three days later.
However he has completed the last 16 games since October and played a key role to keep Diamonds in the third division’s automatic promotion places.
Bignot’s impressive form in December has earned him the official Diamonds player of the month award run by the ET in conjunction with PW House Jewellers of Rushden.
He will receive the prize before the derby clash against Cambridge United at Nene Park a week tomorrow.
Striker Drewe Broughton sits out the second game of a four-match suspension while Scott Stamps is still sidelined through injury. Ian Joy has left to play in America’s Major Soccer League.
n EX-Northampton Town winger John Hodge
has signed for Kidderminster on a non-contract basis.
The 33-year-old was released by the Cobblers at the end of last season.
However Harriers boss Ian Britton played down reports of a permanent move.
He said: “John has been training with us for a few weeks now and has done well.
“He has lots of experience and a good background in the game.
“We’re a bit short in numbers at the moment so he has agreed to help
us out while at the same time we are also helping him.”