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Jack Armer 'Over The Moon' To Sign First Professional Deal

22 May 2019

First Team News

Jack Armer 'Over The Moon' To Sign First Professional Deal

22 May 2019

Young defender Jack Armer was delighted to put pen to paper on his first professional contract at his boyhood club.

Armer joined the club's Academy at the age of seven and has risen through the ranks to sign a one-year professional deal with the club, with an option of a further year.

Speaking to PNE.Com after signing the contract, Jack described the moment as a dream come true, having supported the club from a young age.

"I'm over the moon," Jack told the club website, "it's what I have worked for since I have been at the club which has been from the age of seven. I've just turned 18 and so I have worked for 11 years for this and so I'm really happy to get it done.

"I've always supported the club, my mum and dad support the club and so to finally have a chance to play for Preston North End is a dream come true."

Speaking of his experiences with the first team this season, which has included training regularly at Springfields and being a part of the matchday squad on a number of occasions, the Preston-born defender spoke of the differences in the step up to first team football.

"It's been a great experience training with the first team this season, it's a lot faster and stronger with the first team, everyone knows where the ball is going next and so you have to get up to speed quickly otherwise you won't fit in.

"It's a lot different to youth team football, there's more pressure on the games, you have fans coming to watch and the games mean even more so to be around it on a matchday has been great and hopefully it's something I can experience a lot more.

Armer has also been a regular in the Scotland youth set up and he feels his experience on the international stage is something he feels has helped him to develop further.

"It's always good to get picked to go away and play against better opposition, and people who are more experienced. Quite a lot of players that we play against play first team football regularly so they are obviously a little bit better than you are so you have to learn quickly and compete.

Jack will join fellow Academy graduates Adam O'Reilly and Jack Baxter in the first team set up, with the midfield duo also signing professional deals over the last 12 months.

"I've played with Jack since I've been here, Jack joined at the same time as me and then Adam joined when he was 16 so we have played with each other for a while now.

On youth getting a chance under manager Alex Neil, the young defender continued: "The gaffer has been great to work with so far, he knows what he's talking about and he offers me advice on what I am doing right and what I'm doing wrong and that can only improve me.

"It gives you that bit of belief that you can go and make it. At some other clubs you would just get turned away but here, young players do get given a chance and you just have to take it when you get given it.

"You are just straight in to the first team squad here, and hopefully you get that opportunity quicker than you might do at other clubs. Going in to the new season, I just want to try and make a few appearances for this club to start with, get my name out there and show the gaffer that I can do."

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