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Holroyd: Great To Be Back

26 July 2012

PNE.Com speaks to striker Chris Holroyd ahead of this weekend's game against AEK Athens.

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“For me I already knew quite a few of the lads which was good, but like I have said before everybody has come together and there is a great atmosphere around the Club at the moment.”

“It is going to take time but we need to be patient and all the lads are trying to get as fit as they possibly can. As we get fitter and fitter the supporters will start to see the performances improving.

“We have done a number of things to try and help us gel quickly together, we have already played four matches.

He continued: “It is still my first pre-season at the Club and I still feel relatively new and everything is new for me like the rest of the lads. It helps that everybody is in the same boat and we are gelling together well.

However, laughing off that he is one of the most experienced members of the PNE squad, Holroyd believes the squad is quickly coming together but patience is key.

Many will forget that it is still Holroyd’s first pre-season in Lancashire following his January switch from League Two outfit Rotherham United.

“It will be a great occasion on Saturday, of course it will be one of our toughest tests in pre-season but it is great to be back at Deepdale.”

“We have also had four pre-season friendlies but a lot has changed and it will give the North End fans the chance to see a whole different team this season.

“It also presents a good chance for the supporters to come and watch us play in a great arena at Deepdale. “A lot has changed at the Club since May and we have all had three good weeks of pre-season training.

In an exclusive interview with the Club’s official website, Holroyd said: “The whole squad is looking forward to the game on Saturday, it is the first home game for a lot of the lads which will give them a chance to get used to the surroundings.

However, one of the familiar faces that remain is forward Chris Holroyd, and he told PNE.Com he is excited about the prospect of Saturday’s encounter against Greek giants AEK Athens.

Since the 2011/12 season came to a close, North End have been extremely busy in the transfer market with a host of players joining and departing the Club.

After a near three month wait, Preston North End will return back home to play at Deepdale but it will be a new experience for the majority of the squad.

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