Ex-PNE star Proctor set to face old club

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Former Preston North End striker Jamie Proctor could be facing his old club next week after being on the move again in the last few days.

The 20-year-old has joined Crawley Town from Swansea on an 18-month contract, and North End are due at the Broadfield Stadium a week tomorrow.

It was only in August that Procter left his home town club to join Swansea, the Ingol lad part of the huge summer squad turnover at Deepdale.

But the switch to the Liberty Stadium didn’t quite work out the way he had hoped, with him not making the Swans first-team squad.

Proctor got a brief taste of senior football in October when he was loaned out to Shrewsbury, and now he’s back in League One on a more permanent basis at Crawley.

After making the move to Sussex, Proctor said: “The move to Swansea was never a first-team move but I thought it would help me develop and I would still be playing games.

“It hasn’t worked out that way and now I have joined Crawley I think it is a great move to kick-start my career.

“I knew it was a gamble moving to Swansea but I was expecting to be playing week in, week out in an Under-21 or reserve league.

“That wasn’t the case because of whatever reason the games weren’t organised and it’s not a frequent league structure.”

Proctor came through the youth ranks at North End, his first-team debut coming as a substitute at Reading on the final day of the 2009/10 campaign.

He had a loan spell the following season with Stockport, and then forced his way into contention at PNE during Phil Brown’s stewardship.

Last season Proctor started regularly in a three-man attack but then saw his progress halted by surgery to repair a double hernia.

While only sidelined by the operation for less than a month, he was clearly brought back into action far too quickly and never showed the promise of earlier in the season.

Proctor still featured regularly under Graham Westley in the second-half of last term but in the summer indicated a desire to play at a higher level.

“When I was at Preston I started off really well and then lost my way a bit as the season went on,” said the young front man.

“It was my first full season at Preston and I was playing more than I was used to at a level I wasn’t used to. I had a hernia operation that set me back quite a bit and I didn’t really recover from it.

“Now that is out of the way it is great to be able to make a fresh start. The main thing for me is confidence, I did lose that for some time but hopefully going to Crawley will help me get it back.

“I didn’t expect anyone to take me from Swansea as I had done nothing there, I’d hardly played any games and had not impressed anyone while I was there.

“To be given a chance in League One, I can’t thank the manager (Richie Barker) enough.”