Kyel Reid is closing in on his first appearance in Preston North End’s colours.
The summer signing has yet to taste any action on the pitch for North End as he continues his rehabilitation from the serious knee injury he suffered last season.
The flying winger snapped his cruciate knee ligament in January while playing for former club Bradford City against Sheffield United.
The injury did not deter PNE boss Simon Grayson from making Reid one of his top targets during the close season.
The 26-year-old will not feature for North End in the first game of the new League One season against Notts County on Saturday.
But his recovery is almost complete and it will not be long before the Deepdale faithful will get to see the former West Ham United and Charlton Athletic star in action.
Reid told the Evening Post: “It’s not a case of how is the injury now – it’s more of a case of getting back into the swing of things and building up my fitness.
“I am training with the boys now so things are going well for me.
“It is the first time I’ve had a major injury. I didn’t think I had done anything serious at the time.
“The injury happened on the Saturday against Sheffield United and on Sunday night/Monday morning I was feeling fine. I was able to walk on it but I had the scan and they told me the news.
“I was like, ‘No, no, no...that can’t be right’.
“The frustrating thing was everything was going so well for me at the time.
“But I am over it now – I don’t really want to dwell on it. I am looking on the bright side – looking forward, not looking back.
“I am doing a lot of fitness and ball work behind the scenes – it shouldn’t be too long before I will be back and playing my first game.
“I am not far away at all. I’ve got a few assessments with the surgeon next week and hopefully he will be able to give me the green light as to when I can start playing again.
“That is obviously something to look forward to.”
Reid is well known to Grayson – he spent a period on loan at Blackpool in 2008 when the PNE boss was in charge of the Tangerines.
He is also somebody PNE’s defensive-minded players will be well aware of.
The pace-ace terrorised them when Preston drew 2-2 with the Bantams at Deepdale in October last season.
“I like to be one of those exciting players, who likes to make things happen,” Reid said.
“I like to try different things on the pitch.
“I will not shy away from doing what comes naturally, which is running at players, getting balls in the box and getting on the scoresheet.
“That is what the gaffer has brought me here to do.”
Grayson is looking forward to the day when he gets to unleash Reid on opposition defenders.
“Kyel is part of a group we recruited that we feel will make us better,” Grayson said.
“He’s desperate to get back but we have got to be patient with him.”