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Liam Ready To Show His ‘Direct’ Dribbling At PNE

1 September 2023

Liam Millar is looking to show his attacking qualities during his time with Preston North End, having joined the Lilywhites on a season-long loan on deadline day.

The 23-year-old, on the books of Basel, has spent the last two years playing in the top flight of Swiss football, as well as featuring in European competition.

During his 98 appearances for his parent club, winger Liam has scored 13 times, as well as claiming ten assists.

Speaking about his playing style, Liam said: “I think I’m a very direct player who likes to take on his man one-v-one and to dribble is my best aspect.

“Of course I would like to contribute with goals and assists also, and just be a threat offensively.”

Unfortunately, though, he’ll have to wait some time until he can show the North End faithful what he’s capable of.

The deal wasn’t quite done in time for PNE’s new No.23 to feature in Saturday’s game against Stoke City, so he will have to wait at least another two weeks – after the international break – for his debut.

He said: “I was hoping to get everything over the line so I could be involved tomorrow, but of course it didn’t happen.

“But that’s okay. It’s good because it gives me two weeks to get adjusted with the squad and the players and the environment.

“[It gives me time] to get everything settled, to get my family over here, so maybe it’s a blessing in disguise and everything can work out in that way.”

The 21-time capped Canada international, who featured at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, has featured right at the top level of football, however the Championship is not something he’s experienced.

Having come through the ranks at Liverpool, he had loan spells with Kilmarnock and Charlton Athletic, before his move to Basel came about in July 2021.

“I think it’s something I wanted to do,” he said, about playing in the English second tier. “I went from League One straight to Basel and kind of skipped the Championship at the time.

“So when this opportunity came up for me to really test myself and show myself in the Championship it was something that got me more interested in the move and drove me to come here.

“I think everywhere you go when you see top players at top clubs in a division you want to be a part of it, and for me to see the big teams in the league and to see us competing against them is something that really excited me to come here.”

While the deal was only completed on the final day of the window, it’s long been in the pipeline, with manager Ryan Lowe confirming discussions started in March.

Liam was soon impressed with what the North End boss had to say.

“I’m buzzing to be here,” he added. “It’s been a stressful couple of days but I’m happy to get it over the line and to get ready to go.

“I had a good chat with the gaffer. I like everything that he said to me and everything that comes with the club, so I’m excited to be here and excited to get going.

“We had interest a while ago. I talked to Ryan and everything was good, and I think literally a couple of days ago everything was getting more serious and out of nowhere it just kind of happened and now I’m here.

“He just explained the kind of football that he plays, the type of guy that he is and everything that  comes with playing for this club, so everything he said I really liked and I really wanted to be a part of it.”

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