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Jacob Slater: "It's The Perfect Place For Me"

23 September 2022

Young defender Jacob Slater feels Preston North End is the "perfect place" for him to continue his development after signing his first professional contract with the club.

Jacob, who has been with the club since U12s, put pen to paper on a deal which sees him remain at the club until at least the summer of 2025.

Speaking after committing his future to the club, the 17-year-old admitted it's been a whirlwind few months for him but he's relishing every second.

"It's been really good, the last two months or so have been brilliant for me and I never really expected it to all come this quick but I'm really happy to get it over the line and I just want to continue trying to progress now.

"I found out after the Wolves game so that was a really good day for me, coming on and then finding out after the game and I was really happy. The only place I want to be is Preston North End and I think it's the perfect place for me and my development over the next few years.

"I definitely didn't expect this, it all happened really quickly, I was playing with the youth team and then two weeks later I was making my debut for the first team.

"I think that's credit to the gaffer for giving young kids the pathway and they know now that they have got a manager that will play them if they are doing well and I think that Preston North End is a brilliant place for a young player to be."

Slater is one of three Academy players to make their debut under Manager Ryan Lowe since he came to the club last December, and the youngster has been grateful of the opportunities for younger players.

"I think it inspires all of the youth team boys that there is a pathway now where maybe there wasn't before. We saw it with Mikey [O'Neill] last season, he took his chance and he's doing well and I think myself and Lewis Leigh saw that this season and thought we have a chance here and we took it.

"My aim now is to hopefully get more minutes with the first team, but I think I'm only going to do that by working hard and carrying on trying to play well with the reserves and with the U19s.

"The Central League is brilliant because you get an opportunity to play with older players and against better quality players, and it's an opportunity to play in front of the gaffer and the coaching staff as well so for the youth team I think that's brilliant."


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