North End’s new No.28 Alex Nicholson insists that North End is where he has always wanted to be since leaving Newcastle United in the summer.
The right back has penned a deal at Deepdale to keep him a Lilywhite until the summer after training with the first team squad since the opening day of preseason training.
In an exclusive interview with PNE.Com, the 19-year-old Geordie said: “It has been a long time coming but it has been well worth the wait, it is where I have wanted to be and I’m just happy to have it eventually done so I can crack on now.
“I came down at the end of last season and I had one training session with the lads.
“I knew there was a good vibe around the place and as soon as I was free this is where I wanted to head straight to.
“Getting to know everyone through the past few weeks, I would have been very disappointed if it had fell through and now it is all done, there is no settling in to be done.
“I feel pretty at home here.
“The first time I came down, all the lads were welcoming.
“Everyone seemed to get on and there was no big time players who sort of sat away from the rest, it was all that everyone was together and the way that the manager said he wanted to play football, the whole place had a good feel about it, so that was really the main reasons why I wanted to be here.
“I have dropped down a couple of leagues from where I was, I was never going to get a chance at Newcastle, so hopefully if I get my chance, I can prove that I can do it.”
Nicholson joined the Magpies in 2007 having started out at Cramlington Juniors.
During his time in the north east, Nicholson featured for Newcastle’s reserves and he is very much looking forward to showing the Lilywhite faithful what he can do.
He continued: “I was at Newcastle since I was 13 and went all the way through the Academy, scholarship and then at the end of scholarship, there was a few from my age group who got given a third year scholar.
“It wasn’t what I wanted, but I couldn’t really do anything about it and then last year I played for the reserves, but for both parties involved, they never seen me getting in the first team, I never seen myself getting in the first team.
“The players that they bring in, it was just going to be limited opportunities.
“I love to attack, I do the defensive job when it is needed, but I used to be a winger and you can see that in my play and the way that I get crosses in.”
This time last year, Nicholson made his debut for the Wales U19 side in a friendly against Germany and he is hoping to become a prominent part of his countries international setup now that his Club future is finalised.
He added: “I played for Wales through the age groups from under 16, I qualify through my granddad and playing through the age groups, playing against England, the squads change massively, they have got so many players to choose from.
“Wales haven’t got as many players; it’s more of a good group to be around because it is not constantly changing and the manager who is in now there plays really good football and every time I go away with Wales I really enjoy it and I would love to play for the first team.”