Aiden’s the man for all seasons

Aiden McGeady with the Sir Tom Finney Trophy after winning PNE's player of the year award (photo: Rob Lock)
Aiden McGeady with the Sir Tom Finney Trophy after winning PNE's player of the year award (photo: Rob Lock)

Preston’s player of the year Aiden McGeady wants to come back to Deepdale next season to build on what he has done during his loan stay.

The winger lifted the Sir Tom Finney Trophy after fans voted him star performer of the campaign.

North End’s challenge this summer is to try and bring him back for 2017/18, something which appeals to 31-year-old McGeady.

“I’ve said it before, I would like to stay here,” McGeady told the Post.

“Ultimately, I’m probably not going to have the final say but I’m in a strong position with Everton because I know they don’t want me.

“Whether it is going to be another loan or Everton want to sell me, I don’t really know.

“I will probably find that out in the summer.

“I would like to come back to Preston – if it was between here and another team who were going to pay me slightly more money, I would rather come here.

“I know the set-up, I know the lads and manager.”

PNE signed McGeady on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day last August.

They had little competition for his signature then but a great season in a Preston shirt has captured the attention.

Said McGeady: “This has been a wee kick-start for me I suppose – last summer in the window I was struggling to get a loan move.

“I knew I wasn’t going to play at Everton and I wanted to get out on loan somewhere.

“Whether that was due to a combination of my wages 
being too high for some clubs or Everton wanted too much for me, I don’t know.

“I was sat there without 
anything as the close of the window approached and then the gaffer took a chance on me.

“I’m thankful he did, he’s been great with me.”

McGeady collected his award at PNE’s community day at Deepdale yesterday.

Midfielder Ben Pearson won young player of the year and skipper Tom Clarke was voted players’ player of the year by his team-mates.

John Welsh collected the award on Clarke’s behalf as he is laid up at home after surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Jorgan Hugill won goal of the season for his superb solo effort against Aston Villa at Villa Park in January.

Two of PNE’s goalkeepers won awards – Chris Maxwell was community player of the year for his work done away from the pitch.

Youth-team keeper Callum Roberts lifted the scholar of the year award.

The centre-piece of the community day was a charity game for Prostate Cancer UK.

A Simon Grayson XI beat a fans’ team 3-2, the supporters having bid by auction to play.

Brett Ormerod scored the winning goal.