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Earl Keen To Progress

7 September 2017

Josh Earl is eager to improve on his recent performances as he continues his step up to first team football.

The 18-year-old made his professional debut against Reading at Deepdale last month, which was followed up by a strong performance away to Middlesbrough before the international break.

Now the Academy graduate is hoping to continue to make his mark on the team and improve in the process.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of Saturday's clash with Barnsley, Earl said: "That's what you've got to do, if you get the opportunity you've just got to take it. Unfortunately for Greg he has been injured but it's given me the opportunity to push on and progress.

"I need to get as much game time as possible in these six games that we've got, keep trying to improve and get fitter and stronger and carry on playing well as a team."

Paul Heckingbottom's side were 3-0 winners over Sunderland last time out, but Josh is confident North End can pick up the three points on Saturday.

"We know what to expect and we will be ready for what Barnsley are going to bring. I feel as though it's a good opportunity for us to pick up three points.

"I feel as though I needed a little bit of a rest from the last few games and also to prepare for what's coming ahead to get myself ready and focused for what we have got to do for the next six games.

Earl feels one of the benefits for North End this season is the understanding between all of the players in the squad, and even after just two professional games, Josh feels comfortable being vocal due to the closeness of the group.

"I can shout for them to come back and they won't turn around and have a go at me and they can do exactly the same to me. It's good that we have the relationship that we can tell each other where we need each other and it helps us all massively.

"You have to have the relationship with players because if you don't have a good enough relationship and you don't feel confident enough to tell them to do this, do that, then it affects the team and affects performances.

"We are a young group but all of the experienced players are very good with the younger lads as well so we've got a good group and I'm really excited for this season."

Hear more from Josh on iFollow PNE by clicking on the video above.


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