Jordan Storey's 'surprise' loan to Sheffield Wednesday makes him more determined to win Preston North End place

Jordan Storey battles with Troy Deeney for PNE last season.Jordan Storey battles with Troy Deeney for PNE last season.
Jordan Storey battles with Troy Deeney for PNE last season.
Preston North End defender Jordan Storey has admitted that last season’s loan move to Sheffield Wednesday came as a surprise to him but it has made him more determined to earn his place in Ryan Lowe’s starting XI.

Storey made the switch to Hillsborough in January, it was a move that in the end facilitated the arrival of Cameron Archer on loan as North End eased their wage bill to spend it again.

Sepp van den Berg had the right centre back position nailed down meaning the former Exeter City man was largely on the bench, though he emerged as a star player with the Owls and now has a clearer run at the position.

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Storey said: “It's definitely a big summer for me. Going away for a few months was a decent experience for me, it's helped me in many ways.

"I think this season will be massive for me and it's one I'm looking forward to. It was a bit of a surprise at first but it's football, you've just got to get on with it.

"Things can change in short circumstances. As much as I didn't want to go out on loan it was something that I just accepted and got on with really.

"It was a great club, I really enjoyed it out there, the fans, the coaches and the players, I have nothing but good things to say about them. I was grateful for the opportunity out there and I learned a lot from it.

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"It gave me the added desire to go there, do well and try and get myself back into this team.

"I'm just going to give it my best shot and hope I can do enough to cement my place there. I'm going to take it step by step”

Storey has high aims for this season and is targeting the play-offs again, having reached them in League One with Sheffield Wednesday, and feels a few more additions will only strengthen that cause.

“I want to play as many games as possible and get into that top half, the top six.

"All the boys know we're more than capable of having a very good season.

"I think we're only going to get stronger as a team with the more signings we're going to get.”