North End youngster Alan Browne was over the moon to make his debut for the Club in the 3-1 win over Peterborough United and has outlined his plans for the future as part of a successful PNE side.
The 18-year-old, who was signed by the Lilywhites during the January transfer window from Cork City following a successful trial, made his bow at Deepdale in the 78th minute against the Posh, replacing goalscorer Neil Kilkenny in the centre of midfield.
North End's new No. 31 spoke to matchday programme and expressed delight at making his first appearance for the Club and revealed that hearing his name on the team sheet came as a slight shock to the system.
"It was brilliant to make my debut at Deepdale," he said in an exclusive interview with The One And Only. "I didn't actually expect it before the game, but when I heard my name on the team sheet I was buzzing and when the gaffer called me to go on then I just got an adrenaline rush.
"I was just delighted to come on really."
When standing on the sidelines waiting to make his very first Football League appearance, Browne would be forgiven for feeling slightly nervous.
But the Republic of Ireland youth international insists he did not let his anxiousness get the better of him and, once he was out on the pitch, it simply felt like second nature.
"I didn't really panic to be honest, I kind of got butterflies before the game," Browne explained.
"But I don't really get nervous when I am on the pitch so I was alright by the time I got out there and started playing on the pitch."
Following the match, Browne paid tribute to team-mate and Club captain John Welsh, who guided the youngster through the contest using his wealth of experience.
"The lads have been great with me, especially John Welsh," he commented. "When I came on he was talking to me through the rest of the game so along with the rest of the lads, everyone is brilliant really so that helped."
You can read more from Alan in Saturday’s matchday programme. This also features an extended interview with groundsman Pete Ashworth about the nomination of Deepdale as pitch of the year and his charity bike ride to Amsterdam in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
There are also interviews with Craig Davies, Scott Wiseman, Paul Gallagher, Bailey Wright and ten pages of content about our visitors from Sussex. We also hear from former skipper Sean Gregan, writing the last word for the game being played on his 40th birthday!
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