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Pearson Eyes Premier League With PNE

24 October 2017

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After putting pen to paper on a new deal at Deepdale, Ben Pearson has his sights set high for North End.

Pearson signed a new deal on Tuesday, committing his future to the club until at least the summer of 2021.

Speaking to iFollow after agreeing his new contract, the midfielder said:

"I think looking forward into the future, this club is going places with the current squad we've got, and if we can make a few additions, I think there's massive room for improvement so the only way is up for this club.

"It's two years since I first signed, the improvement has been massive. From not being able to get into the team at one point, to now cement my place in the team and doing well, as well as the team doing well, is brilliant for everyone.

"I'm just really happy being here and I want to continue to improve."

With his future at the club secure for the foreseeable future, Pearson has ambitions of reaching the top flight with PNE.

"I think promotion has got to be the ambition, and with a three-and-a-half-year deal, that leaves with me a minimum of four seasons here.

"In that four years we will be looking to achieve that at some point, whether it's this year, next year or the year after. We will just keep plugging away and see if we can get there, I don't think we are too far away."

Pearson has flourished under manager Alex Neil this season, and the former Manchester United youngster admits the gaffer's arrival was the best thing to happen for him in the summer.

"For me personally, I think the manager coming in was the best thing that could have happened at that time. With the way he likes to play with the pressing, that suits me to a tee. In terms of getting on the ball, I need to improve slightly, but I'm quite good on the ball so that role probably fits me perfectly being able to do both jobs.

"I think with the team we've got, we're an energetic team, a young team, that all wants to learn and I think it's the perfect mould for the gaffer and for the team.

With a mixture of talent and passion, the 22-year-old has quickly become a fans' favourite at Deepdale, and he feels that is down to his efforts on the pitch.

"In any team, in any game or in any sport, all a fan wants is to see a player trying. You can fault someone who tries their best, if it works good but if it doesn't then at least you've tried. I try and leave everything out on the pitch, I try and do my best for myself and the team and try and win as many games as possible."

Watch the full interview with Ben on iFollow PNE now by clicking on the video above.

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