Back in November I left Preston as a teenager and have returned as a 20-year-old – I feel old saying that!
It was a bit of a shock to be recalled by Aston Villa during my loan but these things happen in football and I went back hoping to play in their first team at some stage.
Unfortunately that did not happen and so I jumped at the chance to come back a couple of weeks ago.
In November I was on my way to the Oldham game in the JPT on a Tuesday night when my agent called and I got a few texts off the staff at Villa to say I’d been recalled.
They needed me back for training on the Thursday so it was a case of getting my stuff and going back there.
It was a bit upsetting because I had formed a bond with the lads and I thought at that stage I was here until January.
Football is like that, I had to go back. Sadly I did not get any game time at Villa
My last Preston game before I went back was at Bristol City when I scored the winner to beat the top of the league away was a really good feeling.
I got to a point here last time where I felt really sharp and fit, I was scoring a few goals too.
I want to get back to that level and hopefully it won’t take me too long.
Coming back to Preston was an easy decision.
There were a few Championship sides wanting me which would have been a league higher.
But I get on with the lads here and I felt I did not finish off here like I wanted to do, so I needed to come back.
At another club it would have taken me longer to settle in and make new friends.
I knew Preston were interested – they made that clear from when I left the first time
The move was all very last minute, it was my birthday and I was about to go out for a meal.
I got the call to shoot back to the training ground and sign the paperwork.
I had a gut feeling I would come back here one day.
During my time back at Villa I managed a couple of times to watch North End games.
I went to Notts County away in the JPT and then to Walsall the other week.
The lads here are my friends so it was like watching my mates play.
I enjoyed it in the away end, it was fun and you realise being in with them just how much the fans cheer and shout you on during games.
Now I’m back, I want to be involved as soon as possible.
We have Manchester United in the FA Cup and playing United at home does not get much better.
United will field a strong team with players like Wayne Rooney and Angel di Maria.
It is a dream come true for me and the other lads and it would be lovely to be involved and get some game time.
Even if I do not, I will be there cheering the team on.
I scored a hat-trick in the first round game at Havant and Waterlooville.
Credit to the lads, they kept on going and getting results in the FA Cup and the reward is to play United.
It was nice to be part of the cup run at the start and now we have this really big game.
I have had a hamstring injury and have been out for about three weeks.
I’m fit now, having done my rehab at Villa and I am available to play.