When North End paid an undisclosed fee for 22-year-old Daniel Johnson towards the end of the January transfer window they were getting a player already tried and tested in League One.
And life at Deepdale has been a positive experience for the new PNE No.24 so far, as he explained when he sat down with The One And Only at Springfields just before the trip to one of those former loan clubs.
He told the matchday programme that he was enjoying life, but was even more focused now, after making a permanent move to Lancashire, rather than a temporary one, as his two previous transfers had been in 2014/15.
“The boys and all the staff have really made me feel welcome and I’m really enjoying it at the moment and I couldn’t be happier right now,” said the Jamaican-born player.
“I’ve really got to know the lads really quickly and they’ve really made me feel like I’ve been a part of the team for quite a while now. So it’s been really good and I’m really enjoying it.
“It’s always a weird one going into a changing room with a group of lads that you’ve never met before, so other loan moves prepare you in a lot of ways. You just get the hang of it really quickly and you’ve just got to communicate with the lads and talk to the lads and in no time you will feel that you’re a part of the group and you’ve settled in.
“It’s a bit different because now this is where I’m going to be permanently. With the other two moves it was always going to be a case of me going back to my then parent club, Aston Villa, but now I’m here this is actually who I’m playing for now and this is who I’m signed for so it’s different, but I’ve got the hang of it really quickly.
“With the loans it’s a case of just going out there and playing and expressing yourself, because you’re going to go back to your club and the aim is to go back to your club and try and get a place in the team.
“But with moving on permanently it’s like, ‘okay I’m here now, what I’ve got to do is get myself in the team and once I get in the team I’ve got to stay in the team and I’ve got to keep performing and get a bond with the lads’.
“The communication with the lads comes after every training session, after every game, and even off the pitch as well. It helps, it really does help, and the lads have been really fantastic so I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
You can read much more from Daniel in Tuesday’s 100-page edition of The One And Only. We also have a diary from Joe Garner, interviews with John Thomas, Oshor Williams, Gary Brazil, Alan Kelly, Sean Haslegrave and much, much more.
We have more than a dozen pages on our visitors, plus some astonishing unseen photos from the collection of Club historian Ian Rigby; plus features with Jordan Hugill, Jermaine Beckford, Scott Wiseman and Andy Little.
It will be available on the night still for the fantastic value price of just £3. They will be on sale from Tuesday afternoon from the Club shop, online and in person from our sellers inside and outside of Deepdale.
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