Preston North End midfielder Chris Humphrey has stated he’s ready to extend his season after being called upon by Jamaica for their International summer friendlies.
Preston North End midfielder Chris Humphrey has stated he’s ready to extend his season after being called upon by Jamaica for their International summer friendlies
After concluding his first season playing in a Lilywhite shirt, the 26-year-old flies out with the Jamaica squad tomorrow where they will touch down in America to take on Serbia.
‘The Reggae Boyz’ then travel to Europe where they will face Switzerland in Luzern, before meeting Egypt at Leyton Orient’s ground five days later.
Jamaica’s summer calendar comes to an end against France at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, and it’s the concluding fixture that Humphrey is looking forward to most.
“All four teams will be really good tests for us, especially France who I can’t think of anyone better International wise to play against,” said the former Motherwell man.
“It’ll be difficult to not be able to see the family for a few weeks but when you’re playing for your country, whether it be a tournament or a friendly you’ve got to go and make the most of it.
“That opportunity doesn't come around for many footballers so I'll relish the chance, and when I’ve got the time to have a break with my family I’ll enjoy it.”
Humphrey’s first season at Deepdale has been his most productive to date, notching up half a century of appearances in all competitions for North End.
And whilst most of his international team-mates finished their domestic season several weeks ago, North End’s Play-Off commitments have seen the winger's campaign prolonged coming on as a substitute in each of the Play-Off games, and he admits to still hurting from that night in South Yorkshire.
“On a personal note, it’s been a good season for me, and I’ve accomplished a lot of things," added Humphrey.
“Obviously the Rotherham game was gutting to lose in the way in which we did and that’s going to hurt for a while, so in a way it’ll be nice to go back on the pitch again so soon, and play football.
“But I still think we’ve had a good season, and I’ve really enjoyed my first year here.
“I’m far from the finished article, and the main aim for me next season is to score more goals and hopefully I'll be able to fulfil that next year.”