Louis Moult says he will be proud to wear the Preston No.9 shirt this season as he looks to kick on from a tough start at Deepdale.
The striker found out he had been given the new number when he reported back for pre-season training last week.
It came as a nice surprise to Moult who had worn No.21 after signing from Motherwell in January.
Moult told the Post: “I’m delighted to get No.9, it was my number at Motherwell.
“I didn’t know I was going to get it, I’ve got to admit that it came as a bit of a surprise.
“I asked for No.9 when I signed in January but Jordan Hugill had it.
“Once you get a number in the season, you can’t swap.
“I didn’t mention it again so it was a nice surprise on my first day back. Small things like that can mean a lot and I’m grateful.”
By Moult’s own admission, his first few months at PNE did not go quite to plan.
He made only four starts and seven sub appearances, finding the net twice.
One of those goals came on the final day of the campaign against Burton, and Moult hopes to build off that.
“It was the first time in my career that I had moved clubs mid-season,” said Moult.
“I’d had advice from some former professionals and lads who were still playing that I would find it difficult moving in January.
“It was difficult at times, more so off the pitch getting the family settled and the kids settled.
“The season was full on at the time and I’d come from a different level.
“I was getting used to new players but hopefully those first few months have helped me to bed in.”
Moult, 26, has enjoyed the first few days of pre-season training at Springfields even though the hot weather has made it even more testing.
In the long run, he thinks training in such conditions could be of added benefit.
Said Moult: “The weather is absolutely glorious – it is what you normally get if you go to a training camp abroad.
“It’s difficult on your feet though because you get a lot of blisters due to the ground being hard.
“You get out of breath a bit quicker but in the long run it is good for you because you get fitter quicker.
“Sometimes you get taken abroad for that reason, to work hard in the heat.
“We are getting that here, which is good.
“Over the last few days we have done a mixture of things in training.
“We’ve had the footballs out from the start working on different techniques.
“There’s been the harder stuff too, the running and the testing. It’s important that we do everything.”