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Gally At Home With PNE

14 September 2016

North End's Paul Gallagher was delighted to sign a new deal at Deepdale, extending his stay until the summer of 2018.

Despite being around the club for a number of years now, the midfielder only signed on a permanent deal last summer but regards Deepdale as home. 

"It's been a long time but these things take time and my agent has come in and got it sorted so I'm delighted to sign. 

"I've enjoyed myself so far, I've had plenty of happy times here and hopefully there is a lot more to come and I'm looking forward to it. 

"It feels like I've been here quite a long time but when you look at it I've only been a full-time Preston North End player for a full season but that doesn't make a difference to me. 

"I've been here a lot of times on loan and I've always treated this place as my home and I've enjoyed every minute of it and it's been a successful time. 

Speaking about his hopes for the future at the club, he continued: "You see a club that's on the rise and has had successful times and you want to be a part of it. 

"I've been a part of it for the last three seasons and I want to continue to hopefully make this club more successful.

"We are always looking to improve and if a club doesn't have ambition then people wouldn't sign new contracts.

"This club has got ambition, I've still got ambitions even though I'm getting older but I still want to improve and better myself. 

At 32-years-old, Gallagher brings a wealth of experience to the side and is relishing playing some of the best football of his career. 

"I think I am probably playing the best football of my career and I'm probably the happiest I have been in my career, and if you are happy you are going to perform on the pitch.

"I think the supporters would probably say that I've been a consistent player since I've been back here with the number of games that I've played, I've been injury free, the assists and the goals I've scored. 

"With the age I am getting to I like to see myself as a role model for the younger players like Alan Browne, Clive Smith, Daniel Johnson, Callum Robinson, if they see what I'm doing on the pitch and off the pitch they often look up to players like myself who have played at a good level.

"It's good to see the young lads here express themselves and go out and enjoy it and play with a smile on their face. If I can help them on and off the pitch, I like to do things like that." 

You can watch the full interview with the former Leicester City man on PNE PlayerHD now by clicking here.

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