PNE winger is back from international duty

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Chris Humphrey is looking to use his Gold Cup experience with Jamaica as the springboard for a good season with Preston North End.

The winger rejoined PNE’s squad at the back end of last week after a month with the Reggae Boyz.

Jamaica reached the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, beating favourites and co-host United States in the semi-final.

However, Mexico proved too strong in the final, winning 3-1, a game which Humphrey featured as a second-half substitute.

Although he has got through plenty of work during his time on international duty, it was not at the same intensity as a pre-season here.

So there will be catch-up sessions for the 27-year-old to do in order to get up to full speed.

“I joined up with Jamaica for the Gold Cup just after they had played at Copa America,” Humphrey told the Evening Post.

“With most of the lads having already been in a tournament, the training was a bit light and involved a lot of shape work.

“For me it was a case of doing some extra runs after training with a couple of the other boys who had not been at Copa either.

“I’d try and do the type of runs we do here, the sort we did after matches if we’d not played.

“In the evenings, I’d do another run in the treadmill at the hotel and some weights too.

“It was basically some work to keep my fitness levels up but I will have to do some extra stuff with Tom Little the fitness coach here.

“I’m looking forward to cracking on with the work and being back with the rest of the boys.

“We have got a big season ahead of us in the Championship and everyone cannot wait to get going.”

Humphrey played three times as a substitute at the Gold Cup which was held in the USA and Canada.

Looking back at the experience, he said: “People doubted us, predicted that we wouldn’t even get off bottom place in the group.

“We went on to prove them wrong, played with a lot of confidence, there was confidence and togetherness about the squad.

“Beating USA in the semi-final was fantastic, they were the big favourites.

“We had watched videos of them in the build-up, seen their games live on television and you could see they weren’t the America of old.

“They were not like the side who had done well at the World Cup.

“In the final, Mexico had a bit too much for us, once they scored the first goal perhaps a bit of tiredness set in.”

Meanwhile, former PNE defender Gary Parkinson will be a guest of North End at Sunday’s season opener against Middlesbrough – another of his former clubs.

It will be Parkinson’s first visit to Deepdale since suffering a brain stem stroke in 2010.

Parkinson played 258 games for Boro and 109 in PNE colours.

Supporters of both clubs are being encouraged to sing his name in the second minute of Sunday’s game, Parkinson having worn the No.2 shirt at Boro and Preston.