“Always confident” in his ability, Tom Cannon is looking to hit the ground running in front of goal at Preston North End.
The 20-year-old Everton striker has signed a loan deal at Deepdale which will see him play for Ryan Lowe’s side until the end of the 2022/23 campaign.
So far this season, he’s been scoring goals for fun with Everton’s U21s in Premier League 2, and he’s hopeful he can transfer that form over to the Championship for PNE.
Speaking to iFollow after signing, Tom said: “I’m delighted and glad it’s finally done. It’s an opportunity I’m really looking forward to after speaking to the manager.
“He’s told me what they want of me and I’m hearing they create a lot of chances so I’m here to put them away.
“I’m always confident. I’ve said in previous interviews as well, I always back myself in front of goal so hopefully I can get underway here.”
Back at Everton, Tom has been pretty much a permanent fixture in first team training so far this season, however opportunities have been limited to three senior appearances.
A loan move to PNE has been in the pipeline over the past few days and it’s one that the young forward is happy to have now completed.
He said: “It’s good that I can come out on loan to such a club as Preston. Ever since I heard of the interest, I just wanted to get the deal done, and I’m glad it’s finally done.
“I just want to gain as much experience and minutes as I can here and see where that takes me.
“I do [feel ready for it]. I feel this is the next step that I can take and hopefully I can start scoring straight away.”
Signing his loan deal on Tuesday morning, Tom went straight into his first training session with the squad, giving him the chance to meet his new teammates.
He will be looking to get up to speed with the group as quickly as possible ahead of what could be his debut for the club this Saturday, when Norwich City come to Deepdale.
Tom said: “I’ve been with older players more or less since I’ve been playing, and obviously being with Ryan [Lowe] this morning, he’s been great.
“He’s shown me round and I’ve spoken to a few of the players already so it’s all good.
“It’s a big game on Saturday and to get a full week’s training and seeing how the training works, I’ll see how it goes and I’m just looking forward to it.
“I’ve been tagged in all things about it so I’m just looking forward to finally being there [at Deepdale] and hopefully putting on a show for them.”