PNE boss wants Robbo back

Callum Robinson is a wanted man
Callum Robinson is a wanted man
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  • Robinson has been a big hit with Grayson
  • PNE boss wants youngster at Deepdale next season
  • England Under-20s star could return on loan or even a permanent deal
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Simon Grayson says he would like to bring Callum Robinson back to Preston North End next season after this term’s two loan spells.

Robinson will return to the Lilywhites’ squad for the Good Friday home clash with Rochdale after being on international duty with the England Under-20s squad.

If we get any indication that Callum is available in any format next season, we will do something about it

His spell on international duty saw him miss Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Fleetwood.

PNE boss Grayson signed Robinson on loan from Aston Villa in September.

He was recalled to Villa Park in November, and rejoined North End at the start of February.

Grayson said: “I think a lot will depend on where we are as a club next season.

“Callum is an Aston Villa player and wants to try and make it in the Premier League. We think a huge amount of him and he has still got a lot of learning to do.

“Obviously we will be very much in Villa’s hands.

“If they go out and recruit a couple of strikers and a wide player in the summer, there might be the chance that Callum is allowed out on loan for another year, or even permanently.

“If we get any indication that Callum is available in any format next season, we will do something about it.

“We are grateful to Villa for letting us have him here this season.”

Robinson featured twice for England Under-20s during his spell away.

A week ago, he played the full 90 minutes in their clash with Mexico at Barnet’s Hive ground. The 20-year-old scored the winning penalty in a shoot-out after the game had finished 1-1.

He was a 66th-minute sub in England’s 2-1 victory over the USA at Plymouth on Sunday.

Also away on international duty was Bailey Wright with Australia.

He played the second half of the Socceroos’ goalless draw with Macedonia on Monday night.

Last week, Wright featured for 12 minutes at the end of Australia’s 2-2 draw against Germany.

Wright’s return to club duty could be a timely after Paul Huntington was injured during the Fleetwood clash. He got a bang on the head and neck when colliding with team-mate Sam Johnstone.

Grayson said: “Paul is okay and we will assess him this week. He took a nasty whack on the neck and back area – typical that it was a goalkeeper running into the back of somebody!

“It looked worrying at the time – the neck brace and oxygen is part of a procedure which they have to go through.”

Grayson was speaking at the fans’ forum he organised at Deepdale to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK under the Men United banner. He was joined by former PNE players Kevin Kilbane, Mark Lawrenson and Sean Gregan.

The forum was among a number of events Grayson is involved in for the charity

In June, the PNE manager is taking part in the Football League’s bike ride from London to Amsterdam.