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Manager Happy To Get Doyle Deal Done

29 June 2016


Manager Happy To Get Doyle Deal Done

29 June 2016

Manager Simon Grayson was delighted to get his fourth signing of the summer completed with the addition of striker Eoin Doyle.

Speaking of his latest signing, the gaffer feels there is more to come from the Irishman after he spent the majority of last season on loan at Deepdale.

"We are trying to put a squad together that is capable of competing again next year in the championship.

"We know Eoin really well from last year, he's a player we've always liked and we've seen lots of him that's shown what he is capable of doing.

"While he didn't get lots of regular starts last year, we do feel that he's going to be another valuable member to the squad.

"We are delighted that he's signed, I think it will bring added competition and I don't think people have seen the best of him, but I'm confident that he's got the ability to make things happen for us so I'm really pleased."

Speaking of his summer transfer business so far, the PNE boss continued: "The good thing is we know all about him and he knows us, we know how he works and we also have to remember where we are as a club.

"We are not going to go out and spend millions of pounds on players because we are not at that stage as a football club yet.

"Every signing that we are making is within the realms of our budget that we've been given, but we always think that players we bring to the club are players that can improve further and get better as well."

There won't be too many new faces to meet on Thursday morning for Doyle, having been a popular figure in the dressing room last term, and the gaffer feels that can only benefit the striker and the squad going forward.

"It is a factor you've got to be aware of at times, you can bring players into a group and you might get the wrong ones who can affect the fantastic spirit that we've got.

"It's about looking at players both on and off the pitch, and the whole package that they will bring to the football club. We feel that Eoin has many, many good attributes that he can bring to the Club.

"I think when a player is on loan from another club they always have that safety valve of knowing that they can go back to their parent club.

"Now he feels settled, he knows where he is for the next few years, his family will move up with him and all these things can play a big part in a player settlign in to a football club.

"He missed pre-season with us last year so that will be another bonus for us this year. When I look at the stats every day in training he's in the top three of the hardest working training and one of the best finishers at the Club.

"We saw bits of him last year, but there's more to come from him, hence why we wanted to sign him.

After snapping up the frontman on a three-year deal, the manager admits that the longer deals are something that he had been focusing on over the summer.

"I think it shows what we are trying to do as a club. If players sign on a two-year deal, then a year down the line you are more or less sitting down to re-negociate a player's contract.

"We are trying to tie players down on longer contracts and get the nucleus of the squad secure. It is a big thing that I have tried to look at over the summer, to keep the hard core of the players that have done ever so well.

"You can't get away from how well we did last year with the group of players we had. People can always look on the negatives of what players or the team have done but collectively you've got to see what we did.

"I want to keep the hardcore of the group together, but also add in a few new faces to the group like we have with Tommy Spurr, Simon Makienok and potentially one or two more over the next few weeks."

Full details of Doyle's permanent move to Deepdale can be found by clicking here.

Read Eoin's reaction to signing his new deal here.

You can also watch the full interview with Eoin Doyle on PNE PlayerHD by clicking here.

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