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Jamie hoping for Saturday start

27 March 2014

Striker desperate to face his former club

One player desperately hoping for a start on Saturday is striker Jamie Proctor.

Preston-born Jamie came through the youth ranks at Deepdale and made 40 appearances for the club after signing his first professional contract in 2009.

He is still a Preston fan and admits he will have to beg, steal and borrow extra tickets for Saturday's game to accommodate the needs of his friends and family.

Manager John Gregory has used Jamie as an impact substitute in recent weeks and has praised Jamie for his contribution to some good results.

Now Jamie is hoping he can start against the play-off chasers and complete a memorable week which saw him celebrate his 22nd birthday on Tuesday.

He said: "It's up to the Gaffer of course but I would love to start on Saturday.

"Preston is my club - everyone knows that. I was born there, I grew up watching them and then I played for them. 

"They are having a really good season, which I always thought they would because they've got some good players. I hope we get into the play-offs of course but if that doesn't happen I hope they make it.

"I still know quite a few of the lads up there but it won't matter on Saturday. The most important thing is getting three points for us and pushing back up the table."

Jamie came off the bench in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United - a result he felt was harsh on Reds.

He added: "We were all gutted with the result at Oldham last Saturday but although we lost on Tuesday the lads weren't as disappointed because we actually played quite well I thought.

"We need to take that form into Saturday and get a result which I think we're capable of. Deepdale is a good place to play and the lads will relish going up there and testing ourselves against a top-six side, most of whom we have done well against this season."

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