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Brandon Barker Looking To Improve Under Alex Neil

7 August 2018

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First Team News

Brandon Barker Looking To Improve Under Alex Neil

7 August 2018

New Preston North End signing Brandon Barker believes he is joining a club where the manager will improve him as a player.

The 21-year-old winger has agreed a season-long deal with the Lilywhites and spoke to iFollow PNE at Deepdale after putting pen to paper.

And he said that the manager sold the Lilywhites to him and can't wait to get started: "I spoke to the manager and he did a good job of selling it to me," said the new No.21. "He is a manager I think I can improve under; he has a young squad with some older faces and I can't wait to get going.

"This is an exciting group to be a part of. They had a great start at the weekend and hopefully we can continue that. The ambition is to be a part of a side that is successful. That is why we are all here and we will fight to the end to hopefully achieve that."

He agreed a year-long move from the Etihad and wants to build on his previous loan experiences and impress and entertain the North End supporters.

"I am delighted to get the deal done, as soon as it came up I was buzzing," he continued. "I have had a couple of successful loan spells and I am looking to build on that. Last year in Scotland I did okay and hopefully this year is the same.

"I hope I can show what I do in the games. Hopefully I can help the team as much as I can, work hard and try and give the fans what they want."

And whilst everyone says outwardly that the PNE dressing room is an easy one to settle into, Brandon already knows a few of the players he will be joining.

"I know a few of the lads in the squad. I played against some of them when I was younger and I can't wait to meet up with them and get started.

"I have played against Ben Pearson, Josh Harrop and Ryan Ledson and I have known 'Lego' for a long time and hopefully we can do big things this year.

"I have heard that this is a good group of lads. The manager has spoken to me and told me that and I can't wait to meet them and get started," he added.

To watch the video of Brandon's first interview with iFollow, check out the video at the top of the article, which is free to view.

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