Simon Makienok has recently passed 200 career appearances at club level and is fully settled into life in the north west of England.
“It is very different starting a lot of games in a row, rather than trying to impact games from the bench,” he told The One And Only matchday programme. “I have been happy with the starts I have made, as well as the goals and assists that I have contributed in the last few weeks.
“It has been a good development for me.
“I came in the summer and wanted to get into the team as quickly as possible and it took a little bit of a time, but when I have had my chances from the start I have shown what I can do and helped the team out in different ways, so I am happy with that.
“As a striker you are always judged on how many goals you are scoring and I have also made a couple of assists that have been important for the team and those are the big things people judge you on.
“For me as a player I like to be a link up player and help my team-mates out and in the last few games I have started I think I have done that pretty well; we have many ways of playing and this is what we have used in the last few weeks and it has worked well and hopefully we can continue to do that.
“For every chance I get, I just try to do my best and try and get the right result for the team.”
So why have all his goals been on the road? So far the former Charlton Athletic man has a hat-trick at AFC Bournemouth and goals against Saturday’s opponents Brighton & Hove Albion, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, all away from PR1, but it is not something that is bothering him too much.
“I don’t know why all my goals have so far come away from Deepdale.
“I’m not really a superstitious guy and I don’t think about these sort of things, so it is not going around my head that I haven’t scored in the white shirt at Deepdale yet.
“I have been close a couple of times and hopefully it comes soon – maybe at the weekend. I do the same things at home and away, it is just coincidence that all of my goals have so far come away from home in a yellow shirt.”
There’s loads more from Simon, plus interviews with former North End and Seagulls goalkeeper Wayne Henderson, Chris Maxwell, Tom Barkhuizen, Daryl Horgan and Tom Clarke in Saturday’s 100 page edition of The One And Only.
There’s also all our regular features and plenty on our opponents and the programme will be on sale from Friday afternoon from the Sir Tom Finney Stand ticket office or from sellers inside and outside the ground on matchday.