RETURNING striker Liam Myers will be a “huge asset” to Knutsford if his attitude has improved, manager Scott Dignan says.

Myers left for North West Counties League outfit Sandbach United in the summer but has now returned to Manchester Road.

The striker is eligible to make his return when Knutsford host West Cheshire League champions Newton in the Cheshire FA Amateur Cup on Saturday, kick off 2pm.

Dignan says he feels “pretty positive” about Myers’ return but hopes he has reversed his “terrible” attitude from last season.

“If he comes back with the right attitude, Liam could be the missing link for us,” he said.

“His attitude last year was terrible. He knows that and admits that.

“I’ve known Liam a long time and I said to him in the summer that I didn’t like the Liam Myers I was seeing, the one that was arguing with referees and teammates.

“He went away to Sandbach, it didn’t quite work out for him and he’s come to me and says he wants to come back.

“I think he realised what he had here. He had a good club, a good set-up and sometimes you only realise how good it is when you leave.

“He is a natural goalscorer, someone who will guarantee you 25-30 goals per season. I’m feeling pretty positive about it.”

Saturday’s meeting with Newton will bring back painful memories for several Knutsford players who were in the squad for their last meeting back in December 2012.

Steve Jenyons, Richard Smart, Michael Cartner, Ebbie Rezayan, Sean Lynch, Dean Warburton, James Pickford and Lee Mannion started and Myers came off the bench as Reds squandered a two-goal lead at half time to lose 4-2.

That meeting was also in the Cheshire FA Amateur Cup, a trophy Knutsford have never won, but Dignan believes the club’s “diverse” playing squad makes them better equipped to go all the way than ever before.

“This trophy always ends up at clubs around Liverpool and the Wirral, so it would be nice to be the team that brings it back over this way,” he said.

“I believe we’re well equipped to do so, probably more so than we have ever been.

“The squad we have now is so diverse in terms of how we can actually play.

“We can pass the ball, but we can also play the power game as well.

“We know it will be tough on Saturday. I don’t know a great deal about Newton but we are preparing for a difficult fixture.

“We haven’t had a game for two weeks, but that has given lads with a few niggling injuries a chance to recover.”