Alan Browne is confident that Preston can maintain their good start to the season and stay in the Championship’s upper reaches.
PNE’s 2-2 draw at Fulham put them fifth in the table, with a trip to league leaders Wolves next this weekend.
Midfielder Browne thinks that North End are at times underestimated outside of Deepdale, but within the club belief is strong about what can be achieved.
“We do get overlooked, to be honest,” said Browne.
“People still see Preston as a club who have just come up and will probably do well to stay up.
“But we showed last season when we threatened to get into the play-offs that there was a bit more about us.
“We could have actually done a bit better last season but we did well considering. In every game we are set up well, it is down to us to put ourselves further up the table and press the teams in front of us.
“It is a obviously a matter of opinion if you want to look at us as contenders.
“We fancy ourselves and know what good we can be, we just focus on ourselves and see where that takes us.
“The fact we came away from Fulham at the weekend as disappointed as we were with a draw, shows how far we have come.
“I personally thought we deserved three points and were just unfortunate at the end.
“We have to look at it as a point on the board and move on to the next one.”
Wolves at Molineux is the next challenge for Browne and his team-mates.
The Midlands outfit went top of the division with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, their fourth league victory in the last five games.
Said Browne: “We saw a tough run of fixtures coming up and this is the next one.
“The gaffer will know what he wants from us and he will drill that into us this week.
“Wolves are obviously a very good footballing side and we will have to deal with that.”
Continuing to perform well for Preston could yet open the door for Browne to chances at international level.
He won his first Republic of Ireland cap in the summer friendly against Mexico and was in a provisional squad for September’s internationals.
Browne said: “If I continue playing well for my club and keep improving, you never know, I could get the call.
“If not, Ireland have some fantastic players who can do a job at the highest level.”
For Saturday’s trip to Wolves, North End have sold 1,300 of their 2,500 allocation.
A handful of tickets remain for the PNE Former Players’ 20th annual dinner at Deepdale tomorrow night. Please contact Ianrigby351@btinternet.com for details.