Manchester Giants head coach Danny Byrne heads home to where it all began when his side take on Plymouth Raiders on Friday night.

Byrne came through the ranks with the south west club before playing for Thames Valley Tigers and Rossendale Raptors during his playing career.

He has already locked horns with his hometown club this season, going down 79-97 at Trafford Sportsdome, but makes the trip south for the first time.

Byrne said: “I’ve tried not to think about it until we get there!

“It’s a bit nerve-wracking, it’s where I came through the ranks, I know the owners, I know the coach, I’ll know quite a few faces in the crowd, all my family and friends will be there.

“We have to win, so there’s extra pressure.

“We’ve had three weeks off, which can be a good thing but also a bad thing.

“It’s give us more time to prepare for this weekend. We’ve already played Worcester three times so we know what they’re about.

“As for Plymouth, they’re a completely different team from when we last played them, so we’ve done a lot of work.”

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The game against the Raiders will be shown live on the BBC Sport website, the third time the Giants have been featured in just over a month.

Their last outing, an away loss at BBL Cup winners Cheshire Phoenix, and last month’s emphatic home win over Leeds Force were also broadcast.

Byrne added: “We want to get more wins than last season and we’ve been getting better and better each week, we just need to transfer that in to wins.

“The positives are that we will get there. We want to get more wins that last year and show we’re making a step in the right direction.

“It’s my first season in the BBL and we want to end on a high to build momentum in to next season.”