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4 August 2016

SATURDAY'S opening match of the 2016-17 Sky Bet League Two season sees the potential return of no fewer than three former Pilgrims to Home Park.

Argyle kick the season off at home to Luton Town, who could feature Christian Walton, Isaac Vassell and Olly Lee in their squad. 

Walton and Vassell are both former members of the Argyle Academy. Christian was just 17, and had not played for the Pilgrims' first team, when he left for Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion, for whom he made his debut in a Capital One Cup match away to Tottenham. He has gone on to make three Championship appearances for Albion, also making a return to Home Park for a four game loan spell last season. His Argyle debut came in this spell, in a match against Exeter City. He has now arrived for a season long loan with the Hatters.

Isaac made 10 first team appearances for Argyle in total, albeit only one as a part of the starting eleven. He also spent time away from the club on loan at Truro, Bideford and Weymouth, before making a permanent switch to Truro. He scored double figures in both of his seasons at Treyew Road, which was enough to earn him a trial with the Hatters during this pre-season. The trial then subsequently turned into a one-year contract. He is the nephew of former England striker Darius Vassell.

Also representing Luton this season is former West Ham and Birmingham midfielder Olly Lee, who had a loan spell with Argyle two seasons ago. He made 15 appearances in total, scoring two goals, before a groin injury denied him the chance to be involved with the club in the play-offs that season.

Olly's last few moves have seen a set of strange coincidences occur. Whilst at Barnet, Olly's debut came in an away match at Birmingham City; at the end of that season, he would leave Barnet to join the Blues. 

His first game for Birmingham, also in the Capital One Cup, was against Argyle, in a 3-2 extra-time win for City. Around 18 months later, Olly's next club was Argyle, in a loan move from the second city, and his first game came at Home Park - against Luton Town!

Should the trend continue, Olly's next move would be to Stoke, given that his first game for the Hatters was against the Potters - in the Capital One Cup, naturally. 

We welcome all three back to Home Park on Saturday. 

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