Ryan Lowe is looking forward to working with Aston Villa loanee Cameron Archer who will be available for selection on Wednesday evening as PNE take on West Brom.
Cameron sealed his loan move to North End on Monday morning, signing a deal to keep him at Deepdale for the remainder of the season.
The 20-year-old forward has been involved in the first-team setup at Villa this season, scoring regularly in cup competition, while also making three appearances in the Premier League.
On his new man and first signing for the club, manager Ryan Lowe said: “I think he’s an exciting young talent coming out of a Premiership club.
“We thank Aston Villa and Stevie [Gerrard] for helping us get him. Obviously we had to sell it to the boy in terms of what my style’s about and what he was coming to in Preston North End and hopefully scoring some goals for us.
“He’s obviously loaned to us so we have to make sure we look after him in that way and our aim is for him to come and do well for Preston North End and for us to send him back to Aston Villa a better player than he is now.”
The striker took part in his first training session with his new team-mates on Monday afternoon, and he’ll get another chance on the training pitch before Wednesday night’s game at The Hawthorns.
West Brom are a side who Cameron will certainly be looking to get one over, given his Villa connections, and he actually netted for his parent club’s U23s just last week against the Baggies.
Ryan said: “He's a quiet lad, which is fine by me. He’ll definitely settle in with the group and I’m sure the group will look after him.
“There’s some good lads in there that will make sure he’s looked after. I’m sure he’ll settle in fine.
“We’re looking to get him on the grass today to start the build-up to Wednesday. He’ll be sharp, he’ll be champing at the bit, so I’m really looking forward to working with the boy.”
In West Brom, PNE face a side currently occupying a Play-Off position, albeit their form in the past couple of months has been indifferent.
However, they do head into Wednesday night following a 3-0 victory over Peterborough United, with all three of those goals coming in the final 15 minutes of the game.
“West Brom are a big club with big players,” added Ryan. “They’ve been in the Premiership and they’re vying to get back in the Premiership, but we’ve got to make sure we go there, respect them and worry about ourselves and not fear them because they’re the kind of games you want to playing in.
“West Brom away, under the lights, plenty of their fans and hopefully there’s a lot of our fans there to support the lads which I’m sure there will be.
“If we put the game plan together and the lads take it to fruition then hopefully we can get a result.”
Hear more from Ryan in his full pre-match interview on iFollow PNE.