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I'm looking forward 'to renewing my partnership on 'the pitch with Eoin 'Doyle
I'm looking forward 'to renewing my partnership on 'the pitch with Eoin 'Doyle
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AN Eoin Doyle goal with a Daniel Johnson assist has a bit of a familiar ring to it.

Myself and Eoin were team-mates at Chesterfield where we struck up a really good understanding on the pitch.

So it was a great news when the gaffer signed him – and Stevie May – on transfer deadline

I, of course, joined the Spireites at the start of last season after arriving on loan from Aston Villa.

Eoin was starting to really make a name for himself at the Proact Stadium after scoring 13 goals the campaign before.

As we all know, he had a great season for Chesterfield and scored 25 goals in 33 appearances for them before earning a move to Cardiff in the Championship in January.

Even though he left, his goals were a major reason behind Chesterfield finishing in the top six of League One

Thankfully, we did not have to face him in the play-off 
semi-finals and we managed to beat them.

By all accounts the gaffer was keen to sign Eoin in January and so it’s great that we have got him now.

I remember us combining a couple of times at Deepdale in the early part of last season when Eoin scored a hat-trick to help Chesterfield to come back to draw 3-3 with Preston.

We are hoping we can do something similar on Saturday against Derby County – although this time at the other end of the pitch!

It was really good playing with Eoin – I loved it.

I am sure once we start playing together whenever that maybe, we will get that understanding and relationship back. His main attribute is well... scoring goals!

Eoin likes to get in behind opposing defences but he does not mind when the ball is played to his feet.

He has got good feet and can get himself out of tricky positions with his ability on the ball.

But you can see though just from last season that he knows where the net is and hopefully, he will score plenty for Preston.

We are starting to click in training already and I can tell already that Eoin looks really sharp.

To be fair, Stevie has looked good too and I am sure they are both going to add a lot of quality to the team, 
which is what we have been looking for.

I am starting to feel really settled at Preston and in the North West since joining the club in January.

Although I was at Villa 
for a long time, I never made a first-team appearance and so it’s great that I am getting regular games as a permanent player.

Obviously I had loan spells with Yeovil, Chesterfield and Oldham – and I’d like to thank them.

They really did have a big impact on me and my career. They made me feel part of the club even though I was on loan.

But being at Preston does feel different.

As soon as the manager spoke to me, I knew this was the place I wanted to be at and it’s worked out great.

We won promotion – that was the aim – and now I’m playing in the Championship.

We have got a very difficult game against Derby this weekend.

They have spent a lot of money and are favourites to win promotion, although they have not started too well.

The Rams have yet to pick up a win and it’s not gone unnoticed that they have gone behind in four of their five league games this season.

I know a lot of people will have us down as the underdogs against Derby – and in many games we will play this season.

But we go into every game feeling positive and if we perform to our potential, we are more than capable of getting a result.