North End’s new recruit, Todd Kane, says that he is looking forward to entering the ‘real world’ with the Lilywhites, starting off by competing for the three points against Leyton Orient this weekend.
Speaking to the Club’s official website, the 19-year-old right back explained what he hoped to bring to Graham Westley’s squad: “I’m passionate, have a good engine and love to win. If I have a chance in front of goal I will take it; I like to score goals and hopefully I can get a few while I am here,” he told PNE.Com.
“I am a team player; always work really hard and hopefully I can show the fans what I can do.
“I am looking forward to getting started now. It has all happened quite quickly. I was told yesterday [Wednesday] that there might be the chance to go on loan to Preston and I was really excited about.
“It has all happened in 24 hours. I signed the papers, jumped on a train and I’m looking forward to getting started. It is a great experience, it is the real world. I am not at Cheslea now, it is about wanting to win and earn three points for the team – a different experience for me, but one I can’t wait to get started.
“I have captained Chelsea U21s this year, which was really pleasing, because it was an opportunity for me to show my maturity, but now, if selected, I feel like I am ready to play against Leyton Orient and ready for the challenge of winning the three points.”
This is his first spell out on loan from the European champions and an experience he is looking forward to, especially at a ground he has already played and scored, with England in May.
“It is good to get out for my first loan and play some first team football. I am looking forward to it and I hope I can play the way I know I can and show people what I can do.
“It is a lovely stadium, the people round there are very nice and care about their club. The last time I was there I scored for England, which was a great experience and I hope I can add to my goals at the ground while I am here, this time for Preston, and also I hope we can pick up a few wins.
“It is really good to get the opportunity to play a lot of first team games. There are at least ten games in the period of my loan, with Chelsea giving me permission to play in the FA Cup, which is a bonus and hopefully I can show the manager what I am capable in training and earn my chance to show what I am made of.”
And his decision to make the move north was made easier by his friendship with another young player impressing the PNE faithful so far this season: “I have a friend at Preston - Jeffrey Monakana, from his time at Arsenal, when we used to come up against one another – and I still keep in touch with him.
“I obviously knew he had gone to Preston and he and the manager came to watch me play for England in the summer and Jeffrey told me that the manager had been really pleased with what he had seen and then the other day he mentioned that if I wanted to come to Preston, the opportunity might be there and I thought it was a great chance to get my career going, get some experience and it is a great move for me.
“It is great to see someone like Jeffrey be given his chance and it means that I know that if perform at my best I will be given my chance. At Chelsea it is tough to get into the first team and you see other friends and players the same age playing first team football, so this is my chance to do that and to boost my confidence.”