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Davies Aiming To Repay Manager's Faith

10 November 2016


Davies Aiming To Repay Manager's Faith

10 November 2016

Defender Ben Davies is aiming to repay the faith shown in him by manager Simon Grayson after signing a new deal.

Davies put pen to paper on a two and a half year deal keeping him at Deepdale until at least the summer of 2019 and was delighted to get the deal done. 

Speaking of his new contract, the 21-year-old: "I'm over the moon, it's brilliant to commit to this club again. I have been here ten years now and I've enjoyed every minute so far and I'm delighted to still be here.

"I'm looking forward to progressing over these next few years and hopefully helping this club get even higher up the table. 

"The gaffer has been great for me, I think he develops young players really well. You've seen young players come into the side and do well so I'm delighted that he has shown faith in me and hopefully seen some potential and I'm looking forward to repaying him and doing my best for the club and for the team. 

"He knows when to put young players in and when you need a bit longer so I've been patient and I've trusted the staff and trusted myself and waited for my chances and hopefully I can get a few more games now I am developing and getting a bit older. 

"Every day in training you learn, the coaching staff are brilliant and the gaffer has been brilliant with me as well and you never stop learning off the better players. 

Training with the experienced first team defenders in Simon Grayson's squad is something that Davies feels he is benefiting from on a daily basis. 

Speaking of his development, he continued: "I can feel myself improving, especially this year with the quality of the players that we've got. They help you out if you ask them questions and they are always willing to answer and I am learning a lot every day and developing my game and I'm looking forward to the future now. 

"I'm going to keep working hard, I will keep going, keep learning and hopefully throughout the season the gaffer can throw me in a couple of times, he has done a few times already and hopefully I can take my chance and help the team. 

The new deal means there is now a sense of security for the PNE academy graduate, something that Davies is very grateful for and hopes he can show other young players that there are opportunities at the club to represent the first team. 

"It's a different feeling to what I've had over the past couple of years because I've been getting towards the end of the season and not knowing what was going to happen. I've been out on loan a few times too but I feel like I'm progressing, especially this year and it's good to now be able to concentrate purely on football now that I'm settled.

"It's been a hard few years, I've been here ten years and so there was a lot of travelling early on and I owe my family a lot because they were brilliant when I was coming through and it's paying off now and I love it at this club. 

"I've come through the academy, and you can see that there is a pathway with the players before me, especially with the likes of Bailey Wright and Josh Brownhill and I'm starting to make tracks through it and I just want to show that there is a route through the academy and show the younger players that there is a way to get into the first team." 

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