Hugill is aiming to end on a high
Jordan Hugill is targeting a big finish to his breakthrough season in the Championship.
The PNE front man is the club’s joint top goalscorer on 11 goals with Callum Robinson ahead of the trip to Huddersfield on Good Friday.
Having missed the defeat to Leeds with concussion, Hugill is hoping to return at the John Smith’s Stadium with the Lilywhites eight points shy of the play-offs with five games left.
Ahead of the game he took time out to present Preston City Girls Under-11s with a new strip as part of Wickes’ Kits for Kids campaign.
An EFL sponsor, the DIY and home improvement retailer have partnered each of the 72 clubs with a kids’ team who need new kit or training equipment.
“I can only look back on this season and be happy with the progress I’ve made,” said Hugill.
“It’s my first full season in the Championship and I’m into double figures in goals.
“I’m only going to improve with experience and really want to build on what I’ve done so far.
“There’s a healthy competition with Callum and it can only be good for the team.”
Hugill’s concussion came late on in the 5-0 win over Bristol City, the industrious front man on the receiving end of a high boot that did not draw a foul.
“I felt a bit lost for a bit to be honest and was a bit wobbly after the game,” he said. “I wanted to play at Leeds but it came too soon and there’s a protocol to follow.
“I was gutted because everyone wants to play at Elland Road.
“I’ve had a lot of rest though and they’re happy with my progress and we’ll see what happens.”
Preston City Girls were picked to get new kit, having previously been wearing a boys’ strip.
“With my non-league background and where I’ve come from I’ve grown up looking up to footballers,” said Hugill.
“It’s really important to give something back.”