PNE.Com speaks to winger Will Hayhurst after he completed his first full 90 minutes in the 5-0 win over Hartlepool United.
“Going to clap the fans is absolutely excellent knowing that when I was younger I used to be in that crowd supporting and now I am playing on the pitch.
“I felt a lot of pressure because I’m a local lad, but I’m loving every minute.
Hayhurst is very much a son of Preston and grew up on the Deepdale terraces. He is first to admit that playing in the beloved Lilywhite of PNE is a dream come true for him.
“Hopefully I’ll get selected again. but as a young player you know you will be in and out of the side> However, hopefully I can get many games under my belt and keep progressing.”
He added: “I’m going to keep my feet on the floor. I’m delighted to be starting and playing the full game, but I’ll take positives and I will take things that I need to learn and go back to the training pitch and work harder.
After returning from two consecutive leg breaks during his days in the youth team, Hayhurst has proven himself to be a strong character and is determined to stay grounded.
“We do hard sessions, but it’s really enjoyable and I’m enjoying every moment of it.”
“I feel a lot stronger and more physical. I have still got a long way to go and everyone needs to keep learning and getting fitter, but we work really hard at the training ground.
“I’m tougher in the tackle; I’m doing well and I just want to keep learning.
“Since I have come in, the staff and the Gaffer have really improved me as a player and as an athlete.
“You have a lot of jobs to do and you have got to work hard. You get a lot of information and you have to put it all into practice.
“First team football is a lot different from the youth team. You have to be switched on and thinking at all times.
“I am very happy and just want to keep working hard in training and trying to do my best and hopefully I will get more games.
“I didn’t expect to be this involved when the season started, but I thought at the beginning of the campaign that I would just give it my all and I am glad that the Gaffer has seen something in me and has believed in me,” he continued.
“We were a bit sloppy at times, but our work ethic as a team was brilliant and we all did our jobs well.
“It was good to get the five; the Gaffer wanted us to keep scoring.
He added: “We had to bounce back from Saturday, because it was a disappointing result when we had been on a winning run. In front of a home crowd we needed a good result and I thought the fans were excellent.
Like most, the PNE No.24 was disappointed by the home defeat to Crawley Town and was pleased that the team managed to put that result behind them and send the Deepdale faithful home happy on a wet Tuesday night in Lancashire.
“I’m happy to get my first 90 minutes for the first team and hopefully I can get a few more.”
“I’m absolutely delighted to get picked at Deepdale, it was really enjoyable," he told the official website. “I just thought I would give it my all, work my hardest and I think the team did really well.
The 18-year-old Prestonian may be the youngest member of manager Graham Westley’s squad, but he was thrilled with the experience as he played his part in the thumping victory.