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Grecians to welcome returning favourite

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 18, 2012

Former Grecian Richard Logan. Picture by Pinnacle

Former Grecian Richard Logan. Picture by Pinnacle

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Former Exeter City fans' favourite Richard Logan makes his first return to St James' Park since his summer exit tonight as Wycombe Wanderers arrive in Devon in npower League Two.

Logan spent five and a half years as a Grecian and openly admits that it was the best time of his career. He made 216 career appearances for City and scored some crucial goals, such as the one that got Exeter promoted at Rotherham United and the crucial third goal in the 4-1 Blue Square Premier play-off semi-final second leg at Torquay United.

However, the 30-year-old striker left St James' Park in the summer and signed for Gary Waddock's Chairboys and, if selected to play tonight, Logan is sure to want to impress against his former employers.

"It will be great to see Richard back," Exeter manager Paul Tisdale said. "We love him here and he gave a lot of his time and effort to us. I am sure he loves it here as well, and five years-plus at a lower league club is a good effort.

"We won't forget his moments that he contributed to the club over the years.

"It will be good to see him, there are no hard feelings at all in seeing him moving on and I really hope he does well. Not on Tuesday, but I hope he does really well!

"I hope he uses the experience that he gained here and a lot of the expertise that he gained here for the next however many years of his career.

"We will have to wait and see whether he plays or not. I don't know if he has cemented a place in the side there yet."

Logan led a somewhat nomadic career before finding a home at Exeter in January 2007 after signing on a free transfer from Weymouth. On his day, he was unplayable in the lower leagues, but getting a consistent level of performance from him was a challenge for Tisdale and his coaching staff.

However, the supporters took Logan to their hearts, especially after his superb 89th-minute header at Plainmoor, which sealed Exeter's place in the Wembley final against Cambridge United.

Logan's successful time at Exeter was helped by a strike partnership he formed with the late Adam Stansfield. The death of his good friend hit Logan hard and he had Stansfield's number 9 tattooed on his wrist as a mark of respect to his former team-mate.

Logan has found a new home in Buckinghamshire, although Wycombe's start to the new season has been inauspicious with Logan yet to score and the Chairboys winning one of their five league games so far.

"They have had a lot of changes and signed a lot of players," Tisdale said. "I know they have some good players.

"Gary Waddock has been at the club for a while now, so there is consistency to the team, but, after our performance against York on Saturday, it is about how we address the game and approach the game and how we take the game to them. How we influence the game means more to me than anything else."

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