Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has urged Jeffrey Monakana to knuckle down and make a successful go of his transfer to Brighton.
The 20-year-old winger was allowed to leave Deepdale this week, joining Championship side Albion on a development contract until June 2015.
Grayson grew frustrated with Monakana, admitting he possessed bags of ability but citing ‘a few attributes that had let him down’.
And he felt that a change of club and move back down south for the former Arsenal trainee, was the best thing for all parties.
While he was a regular in the PNE squad last season, Monakana appeared only twice as a substitute this term.
He spent two months on loan at Colchester before being recalled in November.
Grayson told the Evening Post: “Jeffrey hasn’t done enough to earn a regular place in the team.
“That is not just since I have been here but with other managers too. He went to Colchester and was in and out of their team.
“The lad has got potential but I can’t wait for potential. I want players doing it day in, day out on the training ground.
“Players have to have a work ethic which is going to get you success.
“Jeffrey has a few attributes which have let him down but he obviously has got other attributes which can make him a successful footballer.
“We all wish him well at Brighton. This is a chance to go into their development squad and go back down south.
“If Jeffrey manages to get his head around what he needs to do then he can be a good footballer.
“If he doesn’t, then he might just drift through the leagues.”
Monakana, who would have been out of contract in June, has moved to the Amex Stadium for an undisclosed fee.
Meanwhile, North End have announced ticket and travel details for the FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest.
They are subsidising coach travel as a thank you for the support they have received, with a place on the coach costing £10. Seats for the game are £10 for adults and £5 for Over-65s and Under-18s.
Forest have given PNE an allocation of 2,000 tickets and they went on sale today.
The game is being played a week on Friday to avoid clashing with a Notts County game.