PNE star Scott’s year at Deepdale

It is a year since Scott Wiseman signed for Preston from Barnsley
It is a year since Scott Wiseman signed for Preston from Barnsley
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Scott Wiseman is reflecting on a decent first year with Preston North End.

Wiseman joined PNE from Barnsley on a free transfer on January 10 last year, making his debut the following day as a substitute in the defeat at Wolves.

He now has 38 appearances under his belt, with 35 of those being starts.

“The last year has been a positive one overall,” Wiseman told the Evening Post.

“I suppose the only negative has been the defeat in the play-offs last season.

“That is something which hopefully we can put right this time.

“I like to think I have grown as a player in the last year – I’ve grown into being a PNE 
player.

“I feel an integral part of the team and squad and I want to play my part in helping the club get success.

“We are going in the right direction and we’re determined to see the job through.”

As Wiseman moves into a second year at Deepdale, his focus is on helping North End return to winning ways after last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The first opportunity to do that presents itself on Friday night when the Lilywhites host Leyton Orient in a televised clash.

Said Wiseman: “It was very disappointing to get beaten at Sheffield United but there is a lot of experience in this team to turn it around.

“We have to pull ourselves out of what happened at the weekend and get ourselves ready for Friday night.

“It’s a big game because it’s the next one and we want to get back on a winning track.”

Wiseman has, in the main, been Preston’s first-choice right-back this campaign.

For the opening few weeks of the season he had to watch from the bench, Calum Woods initially getting the nod.

But having won his place back at the end of September, the Gibraltar international has kept hold of the shirt.

Woods did get back in for the Boxing Day win over Barnsley when Wiseman was ill – a bout of flu preventing him facing his former club.

Woods caught the eye that day, as he did against Norwich in the FA Cup when Wiseman was rested in readiness for the Walsall and Sheffield United matches.

Such healthy competition will not go amiss in the second half of the season as PNE look to maintain a promotion push.

North End will be looking to complete the double over Orient following a 2-0 victory at Brisbane Road in October.

Callum Robinson and Paul Huntington were on target that night, the win in East London the last of a nine-game unbeaten run.

That was Robinson’s first goal for PNE during his loan spell from Aston Villa, one which was cut short when he was recalled to Villa Park on November 25.

While he has been in and around the Villa squad, the teenager has not kicked a ball for the first team since being summoned back.

On Monday night, he played for Villa Under-21s in a 
3-2 defeat to Blackburn at Leigh in the Premier League Cup.