Ryan Ledson looking forward to showing what he’s all about with Preston

Preston North End new signing Ryan Ledson
Preston North End new signing Ryan Ledson

Ryan Ledson is looking to bring an all-round midfield game to Preston and can’t wait to get started at Deepdale.

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The 20-year-old was PNE’s first recruit of the summer, joining in May from Oxford United.

He will be getting his first taste of the Championship with North End and finds that an exciting prospect.

Ledson was pressed into kit-modelling duty this week but his thoughts were on what he will offer on the pitch once the squad report back at the end of the month.

“Thinking about it, I like to do a bit of everything,” Ledson told the Post.

“I like to get on the ball, I like to make tackles, I like to get after people.

“An aim of mine is get a few more goals than I was doing and that is something I’ll be working on.

“I’m a bit of an all-rounder really on the pitch and I hope to show that at Preston.”

The Lilywhites had to wait for Ledson when it came to landing their man last month.

They had tried to buy him in January but Oxford would not sell in that window.

Patience paid off when they struck a deal with The U’s to bring him to Lancashire on a three-year contract.

Said Ledson: “It was nice to know about the interest from Preston in January but it didn’t quite get over the line.

“So for them to come back in at the end of the season was excellent.

“I’ve come from a brilliant football club in Oxford, the way it was run was excellent.

“In my time there I played under three managers and they played me more or less every game I was available.

“Now I have got the chance to play in the Championship which I’m excited about.

“It is a step-up for me and I have to push on.

“Preston were unlucky to miss out on the play-offs and hopefully we can improve our position in the season ahead.”

Ledson’s move to PNE brings him back to his North West roots – he was born on Merseyside and started out with Everton aged five.

“I was at Everton for 13 years and grew up an Everton fan,” said Ledson.

“My dad is a Liverpool fan but my mum is a blue, so I went with Everton!

“It was a bit of a wrench to leave them but it was the right time to move on and get some first-team football.

“I went to Cambridge on loan and played 28 games.

“That gave me the taste of having a game to prepare for and going out there at 3pm on a Saturday.”

Meanwhile,North End centre-back Paul Huntington has been linked in the national media with a move to Queens Park Rangers.

Huntington is negotiating a new contract at the moment and is about to enter the final year of his current deal.