Callum Robinson has his sights set on an extended stay with Preston North End, one which he is sure will involve a sustained promotion push.
The teenager, on loan from Aston Villa, scored his first goal in senior football in PNE’s 2-0 win at Leyton Orient on Tuesday night.
Robinson has made seven appearances for North End, the last three of those being starts, and he is enjoying the experience of a run of regular first-team football.
His loan spell runs until January 3 and the 19-year-old is open to staying at Deepdale beyond then if Villa do not need back.
“I have been talking to some of the lads here about the fact that I would love to stay until the end of the season,” said Robinson.
“And I would love to help Preston get promoted if I was to stop here.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone at Villa yet about it, the loan runs until January which is still a couple of months away.
“Further down the line I’m sure the two clubs will talk.
“If Villa don’t need me around in their first-team then I would love to stay because I’m enjoying it.
“When I first came here I didn’t think I would get into the team straight away because Preston are a big club and there are some good players here.
“I have slowly worked my way in and have broken into the side in the last three games.
“If I’m going to keep my place I will have to continue playing well and scoring goals.”
Robinson put Preston into a 19th minute lead at Orient, meeting a Chris Humphrey cross to net from close range.
It was an advantage which Paul Huntington later doubled in the second half.
Reflecting on the landmark goal in his fledgling career, Robinson said: “Chris got down the right and knowing the ability he has got, I took a gamble and went towards the far post.
“The ball came over and it was a bit of a tap-in. The Orient keeper got a touch as it went past him but I knew no one was going to keep it out.
“I’d had a shot a minute or two before that which the keeper had saved so it was nice to beat him second time around.
“By scoring my first goal at first-team level, a little bit of pressure is off my shoulders but now the challenge is there to get a few more.
“What I want to do is try and help the club get promoted.
“At the moment we are flying after eight wins and we need to keep the wins coming.
“I definitely think this has the look of a promotion-winning squad – 100%.
“We have the quality but have to keep working hard and stay focused.
“It’s nice that since I came here we have not lost, my first game was the draw against Chesterfield and at the moment we are on this great winning run.
“We’ve got Rochdale next on Saturday which is another away game but at least it’s a lot nearer after the long journeys to Orient and Gilingham.
“I’m looking forward to that and hopefully the fans will have another good time.”