Bambo Diaby thanked everyone at Preston North End for the belief they have shown in him after he signed a contract with the club until the end of the season.
The defender has been training at Euxton for the past couple of months and he will now spend the remainder of the current campaign with the club, with the opportunity to earn a longer contract at the end.
Speaking to iFollow after signing, Bambo said: “I’m very excited to sign with Preston because it’s been a long time.
“It’s been the thing I’ve been waiting for. Every day I’ve been training very hard to get to this day.
"I want to say thank you to all the Preston fans and the Preston staff as well because the only thing I’ve felt in this time is someone who believes in me.
“Because after a long time it’s difficult, but Preston have believed in me since the first day. I want to give back with big work and big passion for the club.”
The defender, born in Senegal, has taken the No.41 shirt at Deepdale and he will head straight in to contention to feature in Tuesday night’s game against Millwall.
For a new signing, the period which immediately follows putting pen to paper can be a daunting one, but given his recent time with the club he is already aware of his surroundings.
He said: “Everyone here are very good lads and nobody is talking about other things more than football to try to enjoy.
“Every morning it’s like wow I’m going to see these guys and you come here excited for every day, I can’t imagine a game.”
About manager Ryan Lowe, Bambo added: “I like his system; I like what he does with the team. Every day I come to training happy and excited to train because I like his training.
“I like his system and I want to be a better player with him.”
The 24-year-old, who grew up in Spain, has been away from football since January 2020, but he’s ready to put that period of time behind him and kick on with PNE.
Bambo said: “All these years in my mind it’s only been work hard for this day.
“I have always kept strong, me and my family and my friends, they’ve given me life to work hard every day to keep my faith for this day.
“I want to be back in the stadiums, on Deepdale, to play. I’ve been there [to watch] two or three games and I’m excited, I cannot wait to go there after two years to play football again.
“It’s an amazing stadium. It’s very close to the players and I love that because I have so much passion with the supporters and I want to give 1000% for me, for the club and for the supporters.”