PNE striker aims to find top gear

North End striker Andy Little should be fit for the weekend
North End striker Andy Little should be fit for the weekend
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Preston North End striker Andy Little hopes to get his season properly up and running after his recovery from injury.

The 25-year-old has had a somewhat stop-start time in his first three months at Deepdale.

He is currently on his way back from a three-week spell on the sidelines with a strained hamstring and should be fully fit for Saturday’s home clash with Colchester United.

That is PNE’s last League One game before the October international break, although they do play against Port Vale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy next Tuesday.

Little thinks that both the team – and himself personally – have a couple more gears to go through before hitting top note, and he is confident that will happen.

“I think in general, it’s been a bit of a frustrating start,” Little told the Evening Post.

“We’ve dropped a few too many points but having said that, we are still in the hunt and I think once we hit top form we will be right up at the top of the table.

“I have no doubt we will do that. Personally I think there’s a lot more to come from me.

“I would have liked to have been in the goals a bit more.

“It’s been a little bit of a slow start for the team and myself personally.

“I have had a couple of niggly injuries, which have been unfortunate but I’m raring to go now and I’m hoping for a really good run of games now.”

Former Rangers man Little has pulled on the Preston shirt seven times, making five starts and two substitute appearances.

He has found the net twice, scoring against Rochdale and Sheffield United.

Earlier in the campaign, the Northern Ireland international missed the Scunthorpe win with an injury. Then he pulled up early in the defeat at Walsall on September 13 and has been out of action since.

Little returned to training last Thursday but North End boss Simon Grayson resisted throwing him straight back into the squad for last Saturday’s win at Coventry.

Said Grayson: “Both Andy and John Welsh trained with us last Thursday and 

“On Saturday we left them at home to train with some of the other lads and they will be better for that.”

Little has noticed a good sense of togetherness among the PNE squad since his move to English football.

He is enjoying life south of the border after previously being in Scotland for all of his career.

Said Little: “It’s been great, although to be honest I have not really had much of a social life since I arrived.

“We’ve had so many games and before that pre-season was tough, so I’ve kind of just kept my head down for the first few months.

“But in terms of the football point of view, I am absolutely loving it here.

“There is a really good group of lads at the club.

“I have only been at one club before I came here, but the camaraderie and friendships among the squad is as good here as I have ever known it.

“It certainly was not like that at Rangers.

“That’s been a bit different and refreshing as well.

“Up to now I’m enjoying myself and hopefully I will get to see a bit more of the North West of England when things settle down.”