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Kingy Appreciative Of Game Time

9 May 2013

Jack ‘Of All Trades’ King has played in several positions this season and the No.22 is delighted with his number of games.

King was North End’s third highest appearance maker last season, featuring in 45 games and despite playing in a variety of positions; he is just pleased to be featuring as frequently as he has done.

“Playing in new positions is all part of the job,” stated King.

“If you told me at the start of the season that I was going to start 40 plus games for the Club I would probably have laughed at you.

“I wasn’t expecting to have played so many games and I am grateful to have made the appearances and I think that will stand me in good stead for next year.

“My first season has been not too bad, there are games which I could have done better in and there are games where I have done quite well.

“It has been a learning curve for me and it is one I hope to continue.

I want to continue the form I have shown in the last ten or so games since the new manager came in and I hope to take that in to the start of the next season.

“I’m sure I will speak to the gaffer about playing as a striker over the off-season, I will play wherever I have got to play really, to be in the team is the most important thing and for the team to be winning, so wherever I am asked to play then so be it.”

The 27-year-old joined the Lilywhites from non-league Woking in the summer and he took to the professional game like a duck to water, his debut being his personal highlight of the season.

He continued: “I would probably say my highlight was the first game of the season against Huddersfield at home.

“It was my professional debut, I scored and I got man of the match in that game, so I would definitely say that game for me personally.”

As the players settle in to off-season mode, King is looking forward to resting up his body after a long tiring campaign and with the Deepdale faithful behind him and the rest of squad next season, they are eager to put 2012/13’s underachievement to bed.

“It is important to get the rest, that is the whole point of the off-season.

“It has been a long, tough year physically and mentally.

“We will get our rest in, we will go on our holidays and we will do our own training over the summer as all professional footballers should do and then we will come back for pre-season.

“I’m sure the pre-season will be good, it will get the lads sharp and buzzing and we will be looking to kick on from the very first pre-season game.

“We definitely underachieved last year, the group of lads we have got, even if we were a whole new squad and a whole new team, we should’ve been higher up the league than we were and we will be looking to really kick on next year and fulfil the potential that this squad has got and hopefully we will be where we want to be and the fans want us to be.

“The Club is superb; the atmosphere at the back end of the season when we gave the fans something to cheer about was superb.

“There was a real unity at the Club and long may that continue.”

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