PNE star is ready to learn

Alan Browne
Alan Browne
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  • Alan Browne is looking to add different facets to his game
  • Midfield man is looking to learn from the experienced John Welsh
  • Irishman ready to begin pre-season training
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Alan Browne will look to develop the defensive side of his midfield play in Preston North End’s build-up to the Championship.

The 20-year-old has often shown an attacking streak since arriving at Deepdale.

Having different sides to your game and being able to play a couple of different roles would be good.

But it could be that more of a holding midfield role is being earmarked for Browne as his career progresses.

“I have played a protective midfield role when with my international side and done quite well,” Browne told the Evening Post.

“When you look at the quality which our midfielders have going forward, there is a lot of competition at Preston.

“John Welsh is our stand-out protective midfielder and playing that kind of role would be something I could do.

“I do like getting forward though, going box to box as much as I can.

“I’ll see what happens in pre-season and it is up to the gaffer how he plays me.

“Having different sides to your game and being able to play a couple of different roles would be good.

“The gaffer was saying that he wants me to learn from John Welsh – he’s a great professional and footballer, good to have around the dressing room.”

Browne will start pre-season training on Thursday with the ink just about dry on a new three-year contract.

The offer of the new deal came as a bit of a surprise to him but was nevertheless a welcome one.

“I only had a year left on my old contract so I would have been going into the new season looking over my shoulder a bit,” said Browne.

“The new one gives me more security and more freedom to go and develop my game. I was away on holiday when my agent phoned to tell me that the club were interested in giving me a new contract.

“There were a few chats on the phone back and forth and we came to an agreement.

“To be honest, a new contract had not crossed my mind before then, I thought it would be a case of being patient and hopefully something would get offered.

“I’m delighted things have happened this way and I’m looking forward to getting going again.

“Last season was a bit up and down for me.

“I started off in the team, then went out of it, before it finished on a high at Wembley.

“It’s every kid’s dream to play at Wembley and I was able to do that in front of so many Preston fans.

“That was a great experience for me and a day I will never forget.”

Browne’s new deal was signed during a flying visit to Preston from Ireland where he has spent much of the summer holidays.

It will be a one-way ticket which brings him back over here in a few days time to start the five-week build-up to the new season.

Said Browne: “Even though it was a quite short break as I played two games for Republic of Ireland Under-21s, I’ve had enough rest.

“I’ve been doing some fitness work back home to make sure I’m ready. One of my old clubs has allowed me to use their pitch to run on because that is so much better than being on a treadmill in the gym.”