Scottish striker Stevie May is looking forward to a swift return to Hillsborough this weekend, just a month after making the permanent move to Deepdale.
The 22-year-old centre forward spoke to PNE.Com as the preparations for this latest Roses clash continued at Springfields and admitted that once he made the move to PR1, this was one of the first games he looked for.
“I didn’t have to wait too long for this game to come around,” he told the official website. “It is exciting going back. It will be a tough game and a good test, because they have picked up quite a bit recently.
“They have a lot of good players in the squad, but if we can play as well as we have done at times, and be resolute, it will be an interesting game and one where we will aim to pick up points from.
“With the new chairman there were a lot of changes made in the summer, with a lot of new faces brought in and not as many going out as you might expect.
“It is really big squad, but one with a lot of quality in it and they will cause problems. They are a good side, but we need to focus on us, how we play and how we go about getting the result.”
May, along with team-mates Chris Kirkland, Will Keane and Marnick Vermijl, all have connections to the Owls and they are all ready to try and take points from their previous employers.
“There are a good few of us who have played there and we are all looking forward to it,” he continued. “It is a good prospect to go back and play at somewhere you have been before and we are all looking forward to it.
“The history of the stadium, the size of it, it has a lot of character, but if we can start well and get on the front foot from the start, then anything can happen. They will be in good spirits from the recent results they had and it should be a good fixture.”
Last weekend, despite dropping two points, the feeling after the Wolves game was that the performance had been morale-boosting, particularly considering the circumstances and additional obstacles put in the Lilywhites’ players’ path.
And assessing the 1-1 draw and the fall out in training this week, the Perth-born No.24 feels that the PNE squad is in good shape to get a result against the blue half of the steel city.
“It was a performance where we deserved the three points [against Wolves]. It could have gone a lot of different ways, but we felt we did enough.
“We restricted them to very few clear cut opportunities, especially when we lost men, so there were a lot of positives to take from the game and the week before as well.
“It feels like this isn’t a normal week – a normal week is playing Tuesday-Saturday, but this week training has been of a high standard; everyone is fighting for a place and that is healthy in a football club,” he added.