PNE winger sees positives

Chris Humphrey is looking forward to his second season in PNE colours
Chris Humphrey is looking forward to his second season in PNE colours
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Chris Humphrey believes that Preston North End will challenge for promotion again next season in another strong division.

The Deepdale winger was bitterly disappointed to fall short this time around at the play-off semi-final stage.

But he says the hurt of being beaten by Rotherham will be used as a motivational tool in 2014/15.

While League One won’t contain a club the size of Wolves in it this time, Humphrey says that threats will come from elsewhere.

“It is still with a feeling of frustration that I look back on missing out on promotion,” Humphrey told the Evening Post.

“We got 85 points which has in some other seasons been enough for automatic promotion.

“In August everyone starts on level terms and it is up to us to go again and try and get automatic this time.

“Looking at the division, it is another strong one again.

“Sheffield United came on strong towards the end of last season, Bristol City the same.

“The three teams coming down from the Championship will want to go straight back up there.

“But if we do some of the things we did last season and improve on other parts of our game, then I am really positive about our chances.

“We will be that bit more experienced, there will no doubt be some new faces and hopefully that can be a recipe for success.”

Humphrey, 26, enjoyed his first season with Preston after last summer’s Bosman switch from Motherwell.

He operated as both a right wing-back and as an out-and-out winger.

“To be honest the season absolutely flew by, it doesn’t seem five minutes since I was first signing,” said Humphrey.

“I remember the friendly against Liverpool when the ground was full and that was a massive day for me.

“We had the good start to the season, going unbeaten for the first couple of months.

“During the season I had a lot more ups than downs, the one big down was at the end when we lost in the play-offs.

“A big thing for me is how my family love it here. My kids are happy and settled in nursery.

“If my family are happy than I’m happy, and I’ll soon be able to start focusing on next season.”

Humphrey flew to the United States on Saturday to join up with the Jamaica squad ahead of their friendly against Serbia in New Jersey today.

The Reggae Boyz then come to Europe to face Switzerland, Egypt (in London) and then France.

While on international duty, Humphrey will be willing PNE team-mate Bailey Wright to do well with Australia.

Wright is in Australia’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad, that number to be reduced to 27 in the next couple of days.

“I’m absolutely buzzing for Bailey,” said Humphrey.

“He is a true professional and deserves this opportunity with Australia.

“It would be brilliant if he made the final 23-man squad and goes to Brazil.

“Even if he didn’t, Bailey is still a young boy and time is very much on his side.”