Jordan Hugill signed a new three-year contract with the Lilywhites and feels it has been a reward for his hard work.
However, there is no chance of him resting on his laurels, as he wants to further improve now that he has committed his long term future to the club.
Speaking to PNE PlayerHD after putting pen to paper on the extension he admitted he had worked really hard during the summer and feels he has benefitted from that.
“I feel settled here; I am loving life here at the club and I think this new contract gives me that extra security.
“I went away last season and I knew I had to give myself a good chance of playing this season and the only way for me to do that was to work a lot in the off season on my fitness and other sides of the game.
“Since I have been back I feel as though I have been flying and scoring goals and I am loving it. This is a reward for all the hard work I have put in, but it doesn’t stop there, I still have a long way to go, but this new contract gives me the time to develop myself as a player and then stamp my foot down on getting that regular starting position.”
One of the reasons the 24-year-old and a quintet of his team-mates have all agreed new deals in PR1 in the last fortnight are the staff they work under, as he explained.
“The set up that we have here is fantastic,” continued the No.25. “The staff are brilliant on and off the training pitch; they are always there to help you.
“I think the idea the club has at the moment; the way it wants to move forward and the way we want to play as a team are the reasons why everyone wants to sign back on at the moment, so it is great to have everyone committing to the club.”
The Middlesbrough-born striker also got a boost on deadline day when the manager did not look to recruit another centre forward into the squad; putting his confidence in Hugill and his fellow team-mates already at the club.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen on deadline day, I was watching the TV as much as anyone else to see who was going to come in, but when I saw there wasn’t another striker it did boost my confidence a lot.
“It puts a lot of confidence in the lads who are already here. We have Eoin, Simon, Stevie coming back soon and I, plus Jermaine will be back fit soon too, so there is great competition for places and it was a big boost to us knowing that if we work hard we can get into this team,” he added.
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