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Loan striker Eoin Doyle

Loan striker Eoin Doyle

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With Cardiff City being the club I’m on loan from, I cannot play against them for Preston this weekend.

I knew that was the situation when I signed last month, so I’ve got my focus trained on playing at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.

With the Cardiff game falling just after the international break, it is a bit frustrating that it’s another few days on top of the fortnight to wait before I can put the boots on.

I doubt the manager will need any inside information from me on Cardiff.

Their team doesn’t change that much, there is consistent selection and it’s there for all to see.

Cardiff are going pretty well at the moment, are handily placed in the table, so we know it is going to be a tough game for us.

Hopefully the Preston lads can put in a good shift and get going again.

Although I wasn’t at Cardiff for too long before coming here on loan, I enjoyed it.

I went to Wales at the end of January and had the second half of last season there, scoring a few goals.

I’ve got another two years on my contract there after this season finishes.

Cardiff are a good club with good supporters and they made me feel very welcome.

Likewise, I have settled really well at Preston – the lads and staff have been great with me.

During the international break I have worked hard in training to keep up my fitness and sharpness. I scored a 
hat-trick in a game we played at Blackburn, which was good to get.

Now I want to get scoring in the league and help us climb the Championship table.

None of the strikers have scored yet in the league, which is a statistic we are all anxious to change.

It is a famine at the moment but once we get going, hopefully it will be the feast.

I honestly think it is only a matter of time before we start to find the net.

When you get one, a weight comes off your shoulders and you relax that little bit more in front of goal.

All strikers go through a run of games when they don’t score for one reason or another.

It is just a case of continuing to work hard, keep believing and the goals will come.

As a squad, we are all determined to get away from the bottom of the table.

We are about to go into a busy spell of games in which hopefully we can put a run of results together.

The Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday schedule gives you the opportunity to pick points up quickly.

You don’t have much time to reflect on the previous game, you just quickly move on to the next one.

My loan switch here has meant another move of 
house.

I think my little boy is living in his fourth house and he’s only aged two.

It has all got busy from January when I moved from Chesterfield to Cardiff, and now I’m up here. My career started back home in Ireland, then I had 18 months at Hibernian, before going to Chesterfield.

With the Cardiff move, I’ve played in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales – not bad in a relatively short space of time.

In Ireland, I was playing for Sligo Rovers.

It is a fantastic club and over the years it has produced some very good players.

Seamus Coleman at Everton is probably the biggest export Sligo have had.

What a player he has turned out to be in the Premier League.

We just missed each other there – Seamus had moved just before I signed for them.

Sligo is over on the west coast of Ireland – New York is the next stop from there.

There is a great set-up at the club and the average crowd is around 2,500 which isn’t bad considering the population of the town is 20,000.

The nearest games are two hours’ drive away, it is a bit out on its own.

I’m from Dublin on the other side of the country and was playing for a club there when the chance came to sign for Sligo.

I don’t know if you realise just how many English managers Sligo have had in recent years. Steve Cotterill, Paul Cook, John Coleman and Ian Barraclough have all been the Sligo gaffer at one time or another.

At the moment it is Micky Adams, the former Port Vale manager, in charge.

Paul Cook was the manager who took me to Sligo and it was him I later played under at Chesterfield.

Cooky was great to work with at both clubs and he did well at Accrington too.

It is nice to see him doing well at Portsmouth this season.

After Sligo, I joined Hibs, a move which offered me the chance of playing in a stronger league.

I was about to sign on again for Sligo when the call came for me to go to Hibs.

I spent 18 months there and then signed a pre-contract agreement to go to 
Chesterfield.

That teamed me up with Cooky again and it was a good spell.

Earlier this week, all the lads and staff from Preston visited Legacy Rainbow House.

It was a privilege to go there and see the work being done by such a dedicated group.