The transfer window is officially open and North End’s first piece of business is complete after the submission of Louis Moult’s transfer from Motherwell to Deepdale.
The paperwork on the 25-year-old’s three and a half year deal was sent through to the governing bodies in the early hours of the new year and he was in attendance in PR1 on Monday afternoon to see his new team-mates in action for the first time.
Before the game the new No.21 spoke to iFollow PNE and said that he was looking to grasp the chance given to him and how what he is about in the Championship.
“I have been patiently waiting,” he told the club’s official online video service. “I am delighted to be joining the football club. I am grateful for the opportunity and it is down to me now to take it and prove that I am good enough and that I can score goals for Preston North End.
“When an opportunity like this comes along it is difficult to turn down. It is Championship football, it is Preston North End, a massive club, so it is a good challenge for me personally.
“The team have been doing brilliantly this season. I have met all the lads, who are a great bunch, and the staff around the place and the feel for the club is brilliant.
“My first impression is that everyone knows what they are, they are grafters and they work as a team and they are good people and when you get good people around the place, that’s when you will succeed.”
The forward has been given an excellent send off by the fans at the SPL club and equally welcomed positively by the North End faithful, something he admits that he has been very grateful for.
“They were unbelievable up there,” he continued. “I have been very lucky as I had a similar reception when I left Wrexham to go up to Motherwell, so at the previous two clubs I have had a great reception when I have left, which has been massive for my family and I.
“And I must say that since joining this football club I have had an unbelievable amount of support from the fans here and the club; everyone has made me feel very welcome; it has been a good start so far and hopefully it will continue like that.”
Ahead of the Middlesbrough clash he headed to the stadium for some photos and media and admitted to iFollow that this was a big moment for him: “Walking out of the tunnel for the first time I got goose bumps, I can’t wait to get started and hopefully scoring goals for this football club.
“I get paid to score goals, every time I enter the pitch I try to score a goal and work hard for my team-mates and help the football club. I like to think I put a shift in for the lads.
“I saw the dark side of the game, going part-time, I managed to work my way back up and that makes me put that extra yard in, in training and that extra hour in the gym and I like to work hard for myself, my family and for the football club,” he added.
You can watch the full video with the club’s first signing of the January transfer window by clicking the link at the top of the page.