Humph on the up for PNE

Chris Humphrey has come on as a substitute in PNE's two games so far
Chris Humphrey has come on as a substitute in PNE's two games so far
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Winger Chris Humphrey is relishing Preston North End’s busy schedule on his return from injury.

The Jamaica international is back in action after missing the majority of last season with a shin injury.

The 28-year-old has come off the bench in both of North End’s opening two games this season, firing in a low cross for Eoin Doyle to score the late winner against Hartlepool in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.

Humphrey said: “I’m back from the injury now – and you can’t think about.

“You’ve just got to get on with it and that’s it really.

“It’s brilliant. I’m fully fit, I feel sharp, I feel good.

“I’m just waiting for a chance. Every one you get you’ve got to produce and we’ll just see what happens.

“I’m just looking forward to things. It’s nice to be back playing again – I can’t wait for the next game.”

Next up for Simon Grayson’s side is their opening home fixture of the Championship campaign against Fulham on Saturday as the hectic start to the season continues.

Humphrey said: “There are a lot of games to come and it’s good.

“The gaffer’s got a big squad now as well so he can rotate if he wants to rotate, and that’s what’s good about it this year – there are very good players who can come in and do a job as well.

“These are exciting times and there’s nothing better as a footballer when you’ve got games Saturday-Tuesday. I’m looking forward to it.”

The former Motherwell man could feature for North End in a number of positions, especially with Grayson short at right-back.

But he showed his attacking prowess with the assist for PNE’s first goal of the season on Tuesday night.

Humphrey said: “I don’t really look at myself as a right-back.

“I just do a job for the gaffer, if he wants me to play there or if he wants me to do something, it’s about the team.

“I see myself as an attacking player – whenever he chooses to play me I just do my best.

“It’s the same in every game. Against Hartlepool I came on and put the ball in the box and we got a goal from it but I might be on the bench again on Saturday. It’s a team game though.”

The goal was a case of practice makes perfect for North End, Humphrey revealing that plenty of work has gone into delivery into the box during pre-season.

He said: “Since I’ve been back this season we’ve practiced a lot of crossing and getting the ball wide.

“I love sessions like that where I just get to put balls in the box.

“It was good to put one in like that and get a goal from it. I think Doyley deserved his goal as well – I thought he was unlucky not to have scored a few. He worked tirelessly and I’m buzzing for him.

“I’m sure the gaffer will be pleased with the amount of chances that were created. That’s a real positive.”