No May-be with new PNE striker

Preston's transfer deadline-day signing Stevie May in St Johnstone colours

Preston's transfer deadline-day signing Stevie May in St Johnstone colours

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Stevie May was happy to have a long first day at Deepdale as Preston North End finally got their man after 18 months of trying.

The Scottish front man saw plenty of PNE’s stadium and its offices as he waited for his move from Sheffield Wednesday to go through on transfer deadline day.

May arrived from Yorkshire in the morning, agreed personal terms and underwent a medical, then did a round of media interviews as he waited for the deal for fellow new boy Eoin Doyle to be finalised.

His first training session as a North End player will be on Thursday, with his debut set to come against Derby County a week on Saturday.

Getting May into a Preston shirt has been a work in progress since January 2014.

They tried to sign him from St Johnstone in that winter window and then tried again last summer.

Instead he signed for Wednesday but after a little over 12 months at Hillsborough, the 22-year-old has turned up on the Red Rose side of the Pennines.

“It was a real nine to five day on Tuesday, probably longer,” said May with a smile after putting pen to paper on a three-year contract.

“I had the time to have a good look around the stadium and it is a really nice place.

“Ideally I’d like to get on to the pitch straight away but we’ve got the international break which gives me that little bit longer to get settled.

“I can train later this week and then have a full week’s training next week.

“It is nice to have a home game to start with and I’m looking forward to that.”

North End have paid a fee to Wednesday for May which, all in, is worth seven figures.

His arrival, and that of Doyle on loan from Cardiff, has substantially increased Preston’s options up front.

They will compete with Joe Garner, Will Keane and Jordan Hugill for places, with Jermaine Beckford to be added to that group when he returns from knee surgery in the winter.

May brings with him a season’s worth of experience in the Championship, one in which he scored seven goals in 28 starts and 14 substitute appearances for the Owls.

He admits his scoring rate could have been better after his switch to Hillsborough from St Johnstone and will be looking to improve that during this campaign.

Said May: “It was a bit of a stop-start time last season.

“With the chances I had, ideally I would have got well into double figures of goals.

“There was a statistic that Jordan Rhodes and myself were the top two for hitting the woodwork in games.

“That perhaps summed up my time at Wednesday.

“During the summer there were a lot of changes and new people coming in.

“In that situation it is hard to keep everyone happy and I just want to play football.

“I spoke with various people and I decided this was the right move for me.

“As a player you do see the names of clubs pop up and this was one which popped up a few times in terms of them being interested in me. Until now, the opportunity was never there to come to Preston.

“When the chance did come, I was delighted to take it and I’m excited about playing here.

“There is a lot of firepower in the squad now which is something you need.”