Laird leaves PNE with no hard feelings

Scott Laird
Scott Laird
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  • Scott Laird hoping to machieve Championship football with new club Scunthorpe
  • EX-PNE defender felt his chances in first-team at Deepdale would be limited
  • Left-back reckons old club will prosper after last season’s promotion
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Scott Laird is confident he will get another chance of playing Championship football despite leaving Preston after promotion to the second tier.

Laird officially becomes a Scunthorpe player on July 1 after ending his three-year association with PNE.

He turned down the offer of a new contract at Deepdale to join Scott Wiseman and Jack King in making the move to the Iron.

It was a decision which means Laird stays in League One rather than sampling what the Championship is all about.

However, he feels it was the right one to make and will take him some great memories from his time at Deepdale.

“I finished on a high with Preston, winning at Wembley,” Laird told the Evening Post.

“With the history between Preston and the play-offs, it was so nice that things went the way they did.

“I’ve taken the decision to move on, Preston put forward an offer but it wasn’t to be.

“Maybe I felt I would be pushed down the pecking order, maybe I felt I wouldn’t have played as often.

“There are no hard feelings, the management team have been brilliant to work with.

“I have got a three-year deal with Scunthorpe. I’m 27 so it takes me through to 30 which is a prime part of your career.

“Scunthorpe have a new stadium and training ground planned and want to get into the Championship.

“Hopefully I can help them achieve that and fulfil my ambition of playing at that level.

“It will be good to have Jack and Scott there with me because going into a new environment with all the banter can be hard.”

Laird’s highlights of his time at Deepdale are Wembley and scoring in February’s FA Cup clash with Manchester United.

He made 108 appearances in a Preston shirt, netting seven times.

“Scoring against United still hasn’t hit home yet, it probably only will when I finish football,” said Laird.

“That will be one to tell the kids and grandchildren about, although I might not mention the bit about the deflection!

“They have been three very eventful years at Preston.

“I started off well personally, got a few goal and assists.

“My first season obviously ended early because of the broken leg which was a blow.

“The support and good wishes I got from the fans after the injury was overwhelming.

“We had two successive seasons in the play-offs, losing the first and winning the second to get promoted.

“I didn’t play too much up until Christmas but then featured in every game from the Sheffield United replay onwards.

“In the league, we only lost once after I got back in, so that is something I’m very proud of.

“I’ve loved my time at Preston and getting to know the fans was brilliant.

“Supporters are at the heart of a club and they want to see players who have a smile on their face and enjoy themselves on the pitch.

“This is an entertainment sport and I have always felt it is important to entertain.

“That is me as a person, I’m outgoing in all walks of life.

“I wish Preston the very best for the new season.”