Jim Bentley says he doesn’t hold any grudges with Lewis Alessandra as the Plymouth man prepares to return to the Globe Arena on Saturday.
The winger left Morecambe for Home Park in the summer having been seemingly set to sign a new deal with the Shrimps.
But boss Bentley says he wished Alessandra well on the move south and is sure the 24-year-old is looking forward to his return to the Lancashire Coast.
He said: “Lewi’s been playing on the right side for them and doing okay.
“He had a good game against Birmingham where he scored two.
“We know what he’s all about and I’m sure he’s looking forward to coming back.
“He’s a player that we tried to keep. We had him in the palm of our hands and then at the last minute he had a bit of a U-turn and went elsewhere.
“You’ve got to respect people’s decisions and I don’t hold a grudge against anyone. It’s football and that’s what happens.
“I phoned him and up and wished him all the best.”
Bentley is well aware that Alessandra is just one part of a talented Pilgrims front line.
The Shrimps boss said: “He’s one of a couple of danger players that we’re going to have to keep our eye on.
“Big Marvin Morgan’s gone there from Shrewsbury, Reuben Reid scored on Saturday, the lad (Conor) Hourihane is a good player and there’s (Romuald) Boco the ex-Accrington player.
“That’s their front line and it’s one of the best in the division if you ask me.
“It’s a tough task but we can take confidence from Exeter and Newcastle and hopefully we’ll have enough hours before the Plymouth game to make sure we get the players fully recovered and raring to go.”