Gary Peters signed Deepdale’s new kid-on-the-block Danny Mayor for £40 and a bottle of milk.
The former Preston boss was in charge of North End’s Academy when Leyland-born Mayor turned up for a PNE half-term soccer school a decade ago.
“Danny was aged nine and his parents paid £40 to enrol him on the course, and I’m chuffed to bits to see him in the first team,” said Peters.
“We had loads of kids down then and they’d get a free bottle of milk and a season ticket for coming to the school.
“I remember Danny was a really fun little lad, who loved his football.
“Even at that age, he had that rare ability to whizz past an opponent, get the ball and dribble.
“Danny had a really easy nature, he loved to go forward and attack.
“He would come down during his school holidays and at the end of the week I’d assess the kids with coach Stuart Delaney and some would go into the centre of excellence.
“Danny stayed at Preston and we also had Jamie Proctor and George Miller come through – they’ve developed into really good prospects.”
North End skipper Callum Davidson has also tipped winger Mayor for a big future and he says it is a real positive to see youth-teamer given a chance to shine in the first-team environment.
“It’s good to see Danny involved – it’s about time Preston were producing some good young boys, they need youngsters coming through.
“He’s a good player, he has got the ability to drop his shoulders and glide past people.
“He doesn’t do too many tricks, he’s more an old-fashioned type of winger who drops his shoulder to beat people.
“As long as he keeps working on his game, he’ll do well.”
Mayor, who made his North End debut against Bristol City at Ashton Gate in January, and his first full Championship start against Scunthorpe, impressed again last weekend.
Davidson added: “I thought Danny did really well against Coventry, the 4-3-3 system we played suited him because it gave him the chance to go forward.
“One of the criteria the manager came in with was to get more players coming through.
“We’ve had Danny Mayor and Adam Barton in the team recently, with a few of the other young lads on the bench.
“What will really help them is training on a regular basis with the first-team squad.
“It is totally different than training with the other younger boys.
“You can have one bad touch of the ball and you’ll get hit by a tackle.
“It is sink-or-swim really, they’ve done really well.”
North End wrap up their home programme against play-off chasers Leicester City at Deepdale on Saturday, one of Davidson’s former clubs.
Davidson added: “Leicester are probably higher in the table than people expected them to be.
“They’ve done well under Nigel Pearson, it should be a cracking game.
“We certainly don’t have the attitude that there is nothing to play for – we’ll be going all out to win.”