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The One And Only Issue 18: Reading

17 February 2022

First Team News

The One And Only Issue 18: Reading

17 February 2022

In this weekend's edition of The One And Only, we learn all about the journey so far of our new frontman Cameron Archer!

The 20-year-old, who arrived on loan from Aston Villa last month, has hit the ground running during his short time at Deepdale so far, scoring three goals in his six appearances for the club to date.

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Cameron is our cover star for the matchday programme and he tells us all about his progress to this point, including growing up at Villa and taking every chance presented to him.

Also in the programme, Daniel Iversen answers fan questions, while Izzy Brown, Sepp van den Berg and Josh Murphy take part in player features. There is also our usual focus on the opposition, our look back in time with Ian Rigby and Mike Payne, and much more!

You can pick up a copy from around the ground for £3.50 on Saturday, while you also have the option of ordering a copy of this week's, or any back issue, of The One And Only straight to your home.

Read part of our featured piece with Cameron below:

A matter of eight months ago, Cameron Archer was left training with Aston Villa’s U18s, while his team-mates in the U23s were given the chance to train with the first team.

Now, fast forward to present day, the 20-year-old has scored a hat-trick in senior football, made his Premier League debut for his boyhood club, and now he’s banging in goals for fun at Preston North End.

After a loan spell at National League side Solihull Moors last season – one which on paper didn’t see the kind of goalscoring figures which catch the eye – Cameron returned to Villa Park not knowing what was next for him.

“Even though it wasn’t seen as a good loan for me, I learned a lot at Solihull Moors,” Cameron told The One And Only.

“I went back to Villa and everyone in the U23s was with the seniors in pre-season and I didn’t go, I was training with the U18s, so I wasn’t expecting to get a new contract.

“Then someone got injured I think so they asked me to go over to the summer camp in London and we played an in-house game.

“I scored a hat-trick and at that point I think they wanted to see more of me, so I stuck around from that point.

“Before I went to the summer camp I knew it was my opportunity to show what I could do. They’d seen that Solihull Moors wasn’t a great loan, so I had another opportunity to prove myself.”

That certainly wouldn’t be the last opportunity he was given, as first team action soon followed, and Cameron quickly put himself well and truly on the radar.

Cup competitions are normally the first pathway into senior action for those on the books of a Premier League side, and this boyhood Villa fan – who grew up kicking a ball around in his back garden with his three brothers – was all set to be named in the matchday squad for their EFL Cup second round tie against Barrow AFC.

Cameron said: “After the camp, the players and the coaches were impressed, so I went back to Bodymoor Heath and just started training with them.

“Then the Barrow game came. I was in the hotel ready to start on the bench, and then they told me that the striker Wesley would be going on loan to Club Brugge.

“The gaffer told me after training that I’d be starting, and I was buzzing to get another opportunity to show what I’m about.”

Cameron goes on to talk about the hat-trick which followed in that game, scoring at Stamford Bridge, making his debut at Old Trafford, and loads more! Click here to order a copy to be delivered to your home now.

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