With skipper Darren Caskey likely to miss the game with injury, the signing of the Man City midfielder could not have come at a better time for The Magpies.
Billy Dearden was delighted to get Whitley on loan and make only his second singing this season following Simon Ramsden's loan arrival in August from Sunderland. Dearden has been chasing Whitley for a number of weeks now, and both fans and Dearden alike will be thrilled with the signing.
"I am happy to be back at the club, I just hope that everything is sorted out in time for me to play," said Whitley, who featured in the final six games of last season.
"I want to play a part in tomorrow's match if I can.
"I am here on loan initially, but who knows what could happen in the future?"
"I did have the chance to go to a few other clubs, but I wanted to come back to Notts."
Whitley has also said he is back fitter and hungrier than in his previous spell with The Magpies. He has been a regular in City's reserve side this season, and has got a full pre-season under his belt. Last season however, he broke his ankle 2 weeks into the season and had only played 5 reserve games at City before moving on loan to Meadow Lane.