Robbo hungry to make his mark with PNE

Callum Robinson celebrates with Alan Browne last season
Callum Robinson celebrates with Alan Browne last season
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Callum Robinson hopes that returning to familiar turf with Preston North End can see him recapture his best form.

The 20-year-old is back at Deepdale for a third loan spell, joining PNE for the rest of the season from Aston Villa.

He spent the first half of the campaign with Bristol City, joining the Robins in August despite there being interest from North End.

But his time there was not a success, Robinson making only two starts and scoring once.

The loan was ended at the weekend and Preston moved quickly to secure his services.

It could be that they try and make the move permanent later in the transfer window.

He is the fifth loan player on the books, the maximum allowed in a matchday squad.

So if North End wanted to do more loan business and avoid having to leave a loan player out of a game, signing Robinson full-time could be an option.

Robinson had two spells on loan last season, the first being the best of the two.

He scored five goals in 11 games after joining on a youth loan in September 2014.

That included a hat-trick at Havant and Waterlooville in the FA Cup, while that first loan stint ended with him scoring the winner against Bristol City.

Robinson rejoined last February, netting twice in 17 appearances before being recalled by Villa ahead of the play-off final.

He had his first training session back with the Preston squad yesterday and will be in the squad for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Peterborough.

“I’m really looking forward to it, ” said Robinson.

“I’m back with the lads, back with the manager and back wi th the fans – everything is great at this club.

“I loved every minute when I was here last season and I’ve learnt a lot more since then.”

Regarding the move to Bristol City which did not work out how he wanted, Robinson said: “I got advised by Villa to try a new place and a new city.

“It didn’t work out in the end. Not playing was hard as I’ve always played football.

“That experience has made me more hungry and I know what I have to do to get into teams.

“It probably wasn’t the best loan on the pitch but off it, I’m mentally stronger.

“I watched a lot of games in the Championship while I was at Bristol and I’m now looking forward to playing and showing everyone what I’m capable of doing.”

Robinson is the second player to return to Deepdale after being on loan last season, Sam Johnstone having done so at the weekend.

North End manager Simon Grayson does have a track record of getting the best out of players who he has worked with before.

“We are happy to re-sign Callum, he knows us and we know him,” said Grayson.

“He had a bad time at Bristol and after speaking to him, he is determined to do well for us.

“We aren’t an established Championship club yet and are progressing all the time, therefore we want hungry younger players who we feel can develop and improve.

“I’m sure there will be more signings to follow this one.”