The step up from youth team football to the professional game has been a huge stride Will Hayhurst has loved every minute of.
“You have to put in a lot of hard work in football it is what you have to do and I am enjoying it.
“It is another chance to come together when you travel away and it was a good experience last week at Wimbledon. It is good to travel away and experience it together as a squad before the new season.
Hayhurst continued: “There are a lot of players I can learn from so it is good to be around them and in training and games I have continued to learn from them so it will make me a better player.
But the new look squad have shown already that they are gelling together well, and Wednesday’s 600 plus mile round trip will present another chance for the squad to get better acquainted.
Hayhurst, the youngest member of the squad, has witnessed the Club go through a huge transitional period with a number of personal changing in the dressing room.
“All the lads want to finish pre-season on a high and head into the first game of the season with a win.”
“Hopefully I will get some game time on Wednesday night against Plymouth Argyle, I am trying to impress before the new season.
“There have been a lot of new faces but as a group we have got on really well and we are starting to become a team. We are starting to get to know each other really well and it is good to be a part of.
“It is really good to join the squad and I have managed to get a lot of game time which has been good.
“I’m really enjoying the experience,” said PNE’s new number 24. “It is a big step up from youth team football to join the first team because you are playing alongside a lot fitter and better players.
Ahead of the long trip down south to face League Two side Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday, the Preston teenager is hoping to get more minutes under his belt to stake a claim for selection for the opening game of the season.
The North End youth graduate has featured heavily in Graham Westley’s plans so far this pre-season, and has shown early signs that the task ahead hasn’t daunted him.