Adam Reach is ready to hit 30 when Preston resume action after the international break at Blackburn.
The trip to Ewood Park on Saturday should see Reach pull on the PNE shirt for the 30th time of his loan spell from Middlesbrough.
The 23-year-old’s time with North End has been a successful one.
Reach has played in a variety of positions since his arrival at the end of September, starting all 29 games he has been available for.
The Lilywhites have benefited from that versatility, climbing the table with him in the side.
As for the player himself, a regular run of football has helped him follow up the 46 appearances he made for Boro last season – and a handful for them earlier this term.
Reach said: “The loan has definitely helped me and given me a lot of experience.
“I’ve played every game, just about, since I joined and it couldn’t have gone better much better really.
“Hopefully I can get more games under my belt before the end of the season and use that experience wherever I am next season.
“I have enjoyed playing in a few different roles in the team and that has helped me.
“When I came, I played on the left wing and then I had quite a few games in the left wing-back position.
“I’ve played over on the right wing and also just behind the striker.
“It is good to have played a lot of games this season to follow up what I’ve done in the past.
“Last season at Boro, I played more than 40 games. I will finish a bit short of that this time but more than 70 appearances in two seasons is very pleasing.”
Reach will have to sit out North End’s away game at parent club Boro on April 9 due to the terms of the loan agreement.
He could give Boro a hand in their promotion push, with PNE playing Burnley – one of the Teessiders’ rivals at the top end of the table – next month.
What the next chapter in Reach’s career will be is a subject he has not given much thought to yet.
He is a Boro player and they might want him back at the Riverside Stadium for next season to fight for a place.
If not, Preston would have him back in a shot, while he is sure to have been tracked closely by other clubs during this loan spell.
Said Reach: “At the moment I’m just concentrating on the rest of this season and the games we have coming up.
“I cannot be thinking about different scenarios when there is more than a month of the season left.
“When we get to the end of the season, I will have my summer break and then take things from there.”
Reach is looking forward to the derby clash at Blackburn, a game in which North End will be backed by a 7,000 following.
He has already tasted away-day success at Burnley and Bolton in local derbies, with the aim being to add Rovers to their list of scalps.
“It always helps the players when they come out and see that fans have travelled in their numbers,” said Reach.
“The atmosphere was great at Bolton the other week and we are taking even more fans to Blackburn.”