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Stockley Hoping To Maintain Fine Form At PNE

3 January 2019

Jayden Stockley became the second signing of the January transfer window after signing a three-and-a-half year deal at North End.

The striker has been in fine form for Exeter City over the last 18 months, and the 25-year-old is hoping to continue to impress at Deepdale.

Speaking to iFollow PNE after putting pen to paper, the Poole-born forward said: "I can't wait to meet all the boys and get training, once everything is sorted out from a business end you want to get the football going as soon as possible and to help the boys.

"I'm glad I can come here in a rich vein of form and hopefully I can continue that and offer my qualities to this already strong team. I feel confident and I'm very thankful for the move."

Stockley leaves Exeter City as their top scorer this season, but his statistics throughout 2018 were even more impressive. Our latest signing was the top scorer in all four English leagues in 2018, just ahead of Liverpool’s Mo Salah and also scored more headed goals in the calendar year than any player in the top European leagues.

On those stats, he added: "It's funny seeing all sorts of stats, it was a great year but it's something I'm looking to build on now and become a reliable source of goals and someone that you can count on. It's earnt me this move here and I'm thankful to Exeter for everything that they've done and I'm just looking to impress as quickly as possible now."

The striker has worked his way through the leagues to earn his chance in the Championship, and he feels the knock backs he has received along the way have only increased his hunger to success and feels he is ready for a new challenge.

"I've been nice and settled over the past 18 months, I've been able to get my head down and understand my role and where I am at and I feel like I'm ready for this challenge.

"It's something that you've got to try and take with both hands, don't be too daunted by it all, it's where you want to be as a footballer, playing as high as possible and I'm excited for the challenge and what lies ahead."

Stockley's first taste of action in a PNE shirt could come against Swansea City on Saturday 12th January as he is cup-tied for Sunday's FA Cup clash with Doncaster City, though the forward believes that could have it's advantages.

"I'm disappointed I'm cup-tied, it would have been nice to get a game as quickly as possible but there are other advantages. Training for the next week or so, getting used to the lads and how they play, they can try and see some of the qualities that I've got and that little extended period of training might do everyone a lot of good."

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


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