New signing Ben Pearson is ready to step up to the challenge of the Championship after joining Preston North End.
The midfielder has impressed in the league below, and has now taken the decision to join PNE from Premier League giants Manchester United as he looks for a permanent home in the game.
Pearson signed on Monday morning, and the 21-year-old can't wait to get going with his new teammates.
"It was only a few days ago that I knew the Club were interested, then it all went quite quickly from there.
"I got to an age where I needed to play games, I went to Barnsley this time last year and played a lot of games and played well. It was a good start to my men's football career and I thought it was best to get a few more games under my belt before I took that step up to the Championship.
"I managed to get another 20 or 30 games and I think now is the perfect time to step up really.
"I really enjoyed my time at Manchester United, and I can only say good things about them. As a young lad it is hard to breakthrough there with the players that they've got and all of the money that they can spend on players so it's time to take a step back.
"It's time to jump down a league but with a willing to get back to the top, and I think this is the right time to do that."
The North End faithful may not have seen much of the promising midfielder, but Pearson feels there's a lot he can bring to the team who are settling into life in the Championship.
"I think I provide a bit of energy to the side, I'm good on the ball, I'm not scared to put my foot in, I can break forward and drive and create chances for the team. I'm just hard working lad, an honest lad and I will work hard for the team.
"I know a few of the team, I know Marnick Vermijl, I know Sam Johnstone and Josh Brownhill from Manchester United and Callum Robinson from England so there are a few lads that I know so that will help me blend into the squad as well."
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