Billy Bodin believes he has learnt a lot in his first spell in the Sky Bet Championship.
Bodin joined PNE from Bristol Rovers in January and despite the division between the two sides, he looked at home at Deepdale early on in his North End career, having already raced to double figures in the goal charts by the time he moved to PR1.
Speaking to iFollowPNE at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, the 24-year-old said: “It’s been massive for me making the step up to the Championship. I’ve enjoyed my time here, I’ve learnt a lot; but at the same time I’m frustrated really that I came to the club to score goals and do as well as I can and I’ve hit a few hiccups along the way.
“Ultimately it’s been a good season and it was just a shame that we didn’t get that last push into the Play-Offs.
“Every day coaching from the gaffer I’ve definitely learnt a lot. He has a lot that he wants us to do which is different to what I’ve been used to in the past. Tactically I think I’ve learnt a lot, even just playing the games, you learn as you get into it.
“I got put straight into the team so I had to learn quite quickly. That’s definitely helped me for next season, hopefully I can go into performing a lot better than I have this season and try and help the team as much as I can.”
Having had five months with the club so far, Bodin has had a message from the manager that it is only the beginning for himself, the team and the club.
“The manager said it to me at the end of the season. Next season is going to be bigger than these six months. It’s going to be massive for me to impress the manager in pre-season and try and get into his plans and into his team come the start of the season.
“Before I came here the lads said that a lot of people write us off and don’t expect us to be where we were in the table.
“Our team is one of the best, hardworking teams and at the same time we play good football and attractive football. Teams are going to have to worry about us this coming season.
“A lot more people will be looking out for us rather than forgetting about us. It’s exciting times when you’ve got people doubting you, you want to prove them wrong and I think the whole team wants to do that.”
Since his move to Deepdale, Billy has also become a Wales international, having represented Ryan Giggs’ men at youth level, something that has always been an aspiration for the winger – following in his father’s footsteps.
Bodin missed out on the latest Wales squad with a minor injury but spoke of his pride in representing his country.
“It was always a dream of mine, since I played U16s with Wales.
“It was a dream come true and something I wanted to do, after my dad played for Wales as well. It was a massive achievement. Altogether it has been a great season really.”
You can watch the full interview with Billy Bodin by clicking on the video above.