New North End loanee Neil Kilkenny is hoping to help in any way he can after joining Preston on an emergency loan deal from Bristol City.
The midfielder joined up with his new team-mates at Springfields this morning and he is looking forward to getting down to business between now and January.
Speaking to PNE.Com, Kilkenny said: “This only happened over the last couple of days, obviously I know the manager and when I got the phone call I was happy to take it.
”I know the coaching staff and the manager and the assistant manager and I just want to go out and play and having the opportunity to come to such a good Club, I am looking forward to it.
“I have been a bit frustrated at Bristol City but that is football, everything is about opinions in football.
“I just want to get out and play now, the team is doing well here and I am just happy to try and help.
“Preston are obviously a good team and they are doing really well.
“You always look out for your old clubs and then your old managers and coaching staff, so I am glad they are doing really well.”
As stated by the new PNE No.37, the 14 times capped Australian international knows manager Simon Grayson from their time together at Leeds United – the duo teaming up to win promotion from League One back then.
And he believes that the gaffer has the ability to get the best out of him in his strongest position in the centre of the park.
“He has played me in my best position and you can see that he likes to play football and that is the way that I like to play,” added Kilkenny.
“I am definitely a central midfield player, 100 per cent.
“He trusted me when I was at Leeds to go out and play some of my best football and hopefully I can do that here.
“It was a successful time and period at the Club when we got out of this league with Leeds.
“He knows how to get out of the division, he has done it quite a few times now and hopefully I’ll be able to help.
“I don’t really have a long term goal, I just want to help the Club do really well and then go from there.
“I just want to help the manager and the Club do really well.”
Kilkenny can start, by helping the squad in the build up to Saturday’s clash with Leyton Orient and he has been impressed with the quality of play in League One in recent times.
“The standard is high in League One, there are a few teams who want to play a bit of football now,” continued the Aussie.
“A couple of years ago, when I was at Leeds, it was hard to judge, because when we played, everyone raised their game, but I have been watching over the last couple of months and the league is very strong.
“Like I said, I am here to help. I am not saying I am going to go into the team because the team is flying.
“I will just wait for my opportunity and hopefully I can help the team.”