Ludo Pollet left Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2003 when they had secured a place in the Premiership. When he returned to the club yesterday, for a brief visit, he could not believe the transformation of their Compton Park training ground.
The former Wolves defender, who is now reserve-team coach with Dunkirk of France, went away impressed with a club that is of the Premiership in all but name.
Dunkirk lost 6-0 in a friendly game against a strong Wolves side but Pollet gained an education.
"It was a pleasure to come back and play against my old team," Pollet said. "My players were a bit too young to match Wolves but they will have learnt a lot. The training ground is fantastic and I think Wolves have put their money into the right thing to build this. It is great for young players and will help them improve.
"It's been a long day for us. We left at 5am and won't get back until 1am, but it has been a great experience and I've enjoyed seeing Terry Connor, Matt Murray and lots of the backroom staff at Wolves again.
"It would be our pleasure if Wolves would come and play a friendly at Dunkirk."