PNE target man aims to learn from Kev

Andy Little has big ambitions
Andy Little has big ambitions
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Summer recruit Andy Little thinks that training and playing alongside Kevin Davies at Preston can help him improve his game and adapt to the demands of English football.

Little, 25, is settling into life at PNE after his Bosman switch from Glasgow Rangers and has done his first two days of pre-season training with his new team-mates.

As things stand, Little and the experienced Davies will be two of four strikers competing for a place in the Lilywhites forward line in the 2014/15 campaign, together with Joe Garner and Jordan Hugill.

Little told the Evening Post: “Kevin Davies is a big player at the club.

“Obviously I know all about him and how good a player he is and how experienced he is.

“I think that was another thing which led me to choose Preston. I can go in and learn from a striker like him and improve my own game.

“Obviously there is a lot of competition for places especially in my position but that can only help bring out the best in all of us – myself included.

“There are an awful lot of games in a season – 46 league games and all the cup competitions, so you need a strong squad.

“I know the manager last year rotated the squad quite a bit but I’m a team player – 
I am not the kind of player who is going to take the huff if I’m not playing or I’m not in the squad.

“I think that is important because not every player can play in every game.”

The PNE attack could yet be bolstered further down the line, with the transfer window open until September 1.

But for pre-season at least, Little, Davies, Garner and Hugill will be the strikers looking to catch the eye of manager Simon Grayson ahead of the start of the new campaign.

Little did play in other positions for Rangers but it is as a striker that North End made their move for him.

The Northern Ireland international said: “I will play anywhere the manager wants me to do.

“I did have a conversation with the manager and he told me that he signed me as a striker.

“But with it being a long season, I think it’s good to have that versatility.

“I have played at right-midfield and I can also play at right-back and left-midfield.

“If needs be I can fill in different positions.”

Little is in no doubt about what the goal is for his team-mates and himself over the coming campaign.

“What was clear to me when I signed is that Preston is a club which should be at least a Championship club,” said the front man.

“We are in League One at the minute but I know from speaking to the manager and also listening to what the fans say, we should be looking at getting up to the Championship next season.

“Promotion is the main aim and as a club, it was close to achieving that last year by getting to the play-offs. But hopefully we can go one better this time.”

Meanwhile, tickets for North End’s Capital One Cup tie against Rochdale go on sale on Monday.