Striker’s parting message for PNE

New start: Chris Holroyd pictured on his debut for Morecambe
New start: Chris Holroyd pictured on his debut for Morecambe
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Chris Holroyd is backing Preston North End to get out of their current form rut as he starts the next stage of his career at Morecambe.

The striker was released by North End earlier this month after reaching a settlement on his contract.

He has stayed in Lancashire by signing a deal with the Shrimps until the end of the season, making his debut in Friday night’s goalless home draw with Cheltenham.

Holroyd was Graham Westley’s first signing as PNE boss a year ago, joining for a nominal fee from Rotherham.

Last season he made 20 appearances in Preston colours, scoring his only goal in April’s 1-1 draw at Oldham.

The 26-year-old was one of the casualties of the summer turnover at Deepdale, and was loaned out to Conference side Macclesfield in August.

When that loan spell ended at the turn of the year, he took a pay-off from PNE in order to become a free agent and find new employers.

Holroyd told the Evening Post: “From leaving Preston to joining Morecambe there was a two-week gap.

“I wanted to make sure I got the right move to further my career, mull a few things over, and I think I’ve found a really good club in moving to Morecambe.

“But even in the fortnight I was without a club and training by myself in the gym, I really missed not being involved in football.

“I feel really proud to have played for Preston. It’s a fantastic club and my family were always made to feel very welcome when they came up to watch games at Deepdale.

“Looking back, I came to Preston at a difficult time. It was a transitional period for the club and at times it was a bit strange.

“We managed to secure our League One status, which was important because at one stage it was looking a bit gloomy.

“Before joining Preston I’d played a lot of my career as a striker.

“Most of my games for them last season came on the wing, and while it wasn’t a role which was totally new to me, it was a bit different.

“It would have been nice to play a few more games down the middle.

“Towards the end of last season I did get a few games up front with Iain Hume and thought I did okay.

“Even though I went out on loan to Macclesfield, I was at Preston in pre-season and got to know all the new lads.

“They’ve struggled for form lately and sometimes you can get into a bit of a rut.

“But I can see them getting out of it and I’m sure the results will start coming.”

Holroyd was anxious to stay in the Football League, hence opting against another loan stay with Macclesfield.

He netted nine goals in his time at Moss Rose, that form catching the eye of Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.

Said Holroyd: “I wanted to find a league club rather drop to the Conference for a longer spell.

“The standard of the Conference is good and had improved between last playing there for Cambridge and then going to Macc.

“I want to prove myself in the Football League and I’m confident I can do that at Morecambe.”