Brad taking big step at PNE

Bradley Fewster warms-up before PNE's victory at Yeovil
Bradley Fewster warms-up before PNE's victory at Yeovil
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Bradley Fewster sees his loan move to Preston North End as an important stage of his football development.

The teenage striker joined PNE from Middlesbrough last Thursday on a youth loan for the rest of the season.

Fewster has had a brief taste of first-team experience at Boro and is targeting more senior games now that he has moved to Deepdale.

“I have proved that I can score goals at Under-21s level and this is the next step for me,” Fewster told the Evening Post.

“First-team football is where the goals really count and hopefully I can score some here at Preston.

“In the Under-21s, I played as a No.9 and that was where I was used in Middlesbrough’s first team at the start of the season.

“I can play out wide too but people say my best position is down the middle where I can score goals.

“My game is to play off the shoulder. Anywhere in the box I try and come alive.”

The loan switch to North End came somewhat out of the blue for 18-year-old Fewster.

Lilywhites manager Simon Grayson made his move on the morning of loan deadline day, and the deal was completed later that afternoon.

Said Fewster: “I turned up for training last Thursday morning at Middlesbrough and got a call to say that York City wanted me.

“I had a chat on the phone to my mum about that and as soon as I finished that call, the Boro coach phoned and told me Preston had been in touch and wanted me to go there.

“It was a no-brainer to come to Preston. All the paperwork got sorted and I came down later in the day. Going out on loan was something I had been looking to do.

“Earlier in the season there had been a chance to go to Hartlepool but I turned that one down.

“This chance at Preston has come at the right time and I’m enjoying it already.

“My home debut for Boro was against Preston in the Capital One Cup in August.

“ I had made my debut in the first round away at Oldham a couple of weeks earlier.

“In those early weeks of the season I was on the bench five times for league games but didn’t get on.

“Boro then signed a couple of strikers and after transfer deadline I went back to the Under-21s.”

Fewster’s arrival came two days after Preston saw Callum Robinson recalled by Aston Villa after a loan spell in which he scored five goals.

The youngster is aware of how well Robinson did and hopes for similar success.

“I have heard a lot of good things about what Callum did and hopefully I can make that sort of impact too,” said the England Under-19s front man.

North End boss Grayson is confident that Fewster, who turns 19 in January, can make an impact at Deepdale.

He said: “Bradley has been someone on our list for a while – it wasn’t something we did at 4.30pm on Thursday.

“The lad has a good goal ratio for England Under-19s and Boro think highly of him.

“He is a different kind of player to Callum Robinson and it is nice to have the option of him in the squad.”