After playing his final game for the Republic of Ireland U21s, Alan Browne is now targeting a place in the senior squad.
Browne feels his time in the U21 set up has been beneficial to him and is now hoping to take the next step in his international career.
"It's always an honour for me to play for my country, especially with it being my last game, it was a great occasion for me leaving the U21 set up.
"We tried our best to leave on a high but unfortunately we just couldn't get the result we wanted.
Speaking of his international career so far, the 21-year-old continued: "It's been brilliant, obviously it's nice to have a break during the international break but when you are called up to play for your country it's even better.
"I've enjoyed every minute of it and made the most of it and hopefully I can push on now and aim for the first team.
The international break came on the back of a good run for the Lilywhites, and the Cork-born midfielder is hoping to continue that form starting this weekend against Brighton And Hove Albion.
"It's always nice to go away with a few wins behind you, so you can go and enjoy the break a little bit more.
"Obviously we have got to get back to winning ways now and make sure we prepare right.It's good to get a full week in before our game this weekend."
On a tough run of games for North End as they come up against the current top four this month, Browne continued: "It's always good for us to play the top teams and we are known for getting good results so hopefully we can look to do that.
"I know it will be tough to get some wins but hopefully we will do our best and come away with maximum points."
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