Scott Laird will become ‘Medallion Man’ for the next few days following Preston’s play-off final victory against Swindon at Wembley.
The winner’s medal has not left Laird’s neck since Sunday evening – bar one brief moment when he let a fan wear it for a photograph.
He has even kept it on when asleep at night, his wife posting a picture on social media as proof of his newly-found fashion sense!
“I won’t take it off for a good few days – the medal is staying close to me,” Laird told the Evening Post.
“It’s been in the shower with me, I don’t take it off when I get changed and it’s around my neck when I go to sleep.
“Winning at Wembley and helping get Preston promoted to the Championship means so much to me.
“What happened in the final on Sunday is still sinking in – it was an unbelievable day.
“The lads went there to do a job and we did it.
“When you look at us in the play-offs, we won three games, kept three clean sheets and scored eight goals – Jermaine Beckford got six of them.
“What a way to get promoted. It is true what they say about this being the best way to get up.
“Of course we wanted to go up automatically but we let that opportunity slip.
“Three weeks ago after the Colchester game we were not in a good place.
“But that disappointment drove us on in the play-offs, as did what happened against Rotherham a year ago.
“We had a real focus about us, our determination to get to get to the final and win it was something else.”
As you can imagine, the bus journey home for the Preston squad was a special occasion.
A bare-chested Glynn Snodin led the singing, Laird saying the memories of the trip back north will live with him forever.
The left-back said: “Snods had his top off and I think we had to stop him taking everything off!
“It was a great journey, I’ve got pictures and videos which I will still be looking at for many years to come.
“We got back to Preston about 1.45am and went straight off into town to share it with the supporters.
“They have stuck with us and we wanted to celebrate with them.”
Laird, an 81st-minute substitute for Daniel Johnson at Wembley, is out of contract this summer.
He hopes to land himself an extended stay at Deepdale, having joined three years ago.
“We will see what happens in the next couple of days,” said Laird.
“I would like to pit my wits in the Championship – that is where I started off with Plymouth.
“I didn’t manage to make an appearance for Plymouth at that level but it is where it all started off for me.
“It has taken a few years for me to get back and now I have achieved that goal.
“The next goal is to add another promotion to my CV. So far I’ve got them from League One and League Two.
“I’m looking forward to the summer – I’ve got my brother’s stag night and his wedding to look forward to.
“Myself and my wife are going away on holiday and it will be nice to recharge the batteries.
“Hopefully I can come back to Preston at the start of July for pre-season training and start working towards playing in the Championship.
“This is a fantastic club to be at and I want to be part of it for longer.”