Will Keane is already off the mark for the Lilywhites, after getting his first competitive goal in the Cup win at Crewe, but now he wants to get off the mark in the league.
The new North End No.9 signed a season long loan from Manchester United back at the beginning of July and has already impressed management, team-mates and the North End faithful with his ability and work-rate.
The Stockport-born striker made the fourth loan move of his fledgling career, but his first for an entire season when he put pen to paper on the year-long move from Old Trafford.
Previous temporary transfers to Wigan, Queens Park Rangers and, last season, Sheffield Wednesday, have given the 22-year-old the grounding necessary to prepare for this latest sojourn from the Premier League giant and he feels part of the furniture already at PNE.
“I’ve really enjoyed it so far; I feel like I have settled in well,” he told The One And Only when he spoke to the matchday programme on the ‘football special’ back from Milton Keynes Dons last Saturday evening.
“It is nice to get off to a good start and to go away from home and get a win at MK Dons last weekend and get our first three points on the board was important. We can build from that and take confidence from it, but it has been a good start.
“You are eager to get into the games [when you go out on loan]. Playing games breeds confidence if you are doing well. The lads here have been very welcoming as well, which helps. They are a great bunch of lads, as is the gaffer, and they have helped me settle in quickly. I feel like I have done alright in the first few games and obviously the spirits are high when results are going well, which makes it a lot easier.
“I am used to the set-up of going out on loan now. I have been out a few times, so I knew to expect going into the changing room. I had heard good things about the place as well, so it made me prepared for it and I kind of knew what I was getting myself into.
“As a Manchester United player going out on loan is part and parcel of your development. You know that being at one of the best clubs in the world you can see the quality of players they have and the money they are spending, so you just have to be patient and bide your time.
“When I was 18 or 19, when I made my debut, I was around the squad quite a bit and then I had the set back with my injury, so I am keen to play games. I want to express myself and show off my talents by having that exposure in the games and doing well and earning my right to be there and I am hoping to do that here at Preston.
“It was quite strange going into the physio room beforehand to get my strappings [having injured his cruciate playing for England U19s at Deepdale back in May 2012]; I was having flashbacks of when I went into there when I was injured.
“I knew though that that is football and you can get injured at any place, at any time and it was just a freak accident, so that has been put in the past now and I am just looking forward.
“I wanted to come to Preston and try and score as quickly as possible, so it was nice to do that in the Capital One Cup tie and I want to try and take that into the league games now. I feel like my performances have been good, but I just need to get underway there and I feel that if I get one, then I can hopefully get on a good run.”
To read a lot more from Keane, plus find features with Greg Cunningham – answering your questions from social media – Jordan Pickford, Bailey Wright and Paul Gallagher, check out this Saturday’s second league edition of The One And Only.
Saturday’s programme also features a chat with Joe Garner’s former Forest team-mate and Ipswich skipper Luke Chambers and some special features about the work of the Sir Tom Finney Foundation as the PNE in the community day is celebrated at Deepdale.
The programme will be on sale from the Club shop at Deepdale on Friday afternoon, still just £3, and then on sale inside and outside the ground on matchday from our designated sellers – make sure you get yours.