Solihull Moors will go into their big basement battle at Chester FC on Saturday (3pm) on the back of a 1-0 home win over fellow strugglers Leyton Orient.
And the player who inspired the vital victory has revealed he could have been playing for Chester this weekend – and not Solihull.
Jamey Osborne was named the man of the match on his first appearance since rejoining Solihull on a month’s loan from League Two outfit Grimsby Town.
The attacking midfielder scored five goals in 25 games for Moors last season – including one in their 3-0 success at the Swansway Chester Stadium on New Year’s Day.
That proved to be Osborne’s penultimate match in a Solihull shirt before he signed for Grimsby.
The Mariners were managed by Chester boss Marcus Bignot at the time after he too had made the move from Moors earlier in the campaign.
Osborne made a big impact at Grimsby. However, his hopes of picking up from where he left were curtailed by a knee injury sustained during pre-season training.
Now fully fit, he has been allowed to go back to Solihull on loan by Bignot’s replacement in the Mariners hotseat, Russell Slade.
But Osborne has revealed that his former manager did try to sign him for the third time in his career.
The 25-year-old told Moors’ official website : “It’s (Saturday) another big game.
“I still speak to Marcus as well, he wanted me at Chester but I chose to come closer to home with a couple more games than they have, which was also a bonus.
“Marcus has done a lot for me and it’ll be a good game whatever happens. Hopefully we can get the three points and come closer to Chester as well.
“I’m back home for personal reasons and football reasons. Obviously here is for football reasons and I’m here to get fit, play well, enjoy my football and get back to 100% again.”
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