Pearson's Young Player Of The Year Award Delight
Ben Pearson was confirmed as Young Player of the Year for Preston on Sunday.
Pearson, formerly an academy graduate at Manchester United, established himself as a first team regular under Simon Grayson back in October, the Young Player of the Year hasn't looked back since.
A clear winner in the voting, as was Player of the Year winner Aiden McGeady, Pearson has spoken to the Official Website about his pride at winning this award at the end of a tough season.
He said: 'I'm really proud, it's been a strong season for me. Personally it's nice to get the rewards for a tough, long season. It took me a while to get into the team but once I got in I hit form straight away and I've continued that throughout the season.'
After finding himself out of the team earlier in the season when Pearson got back in the midfielder was aware he had to be at his best to keep it that way.
'I think having spent so much time out of the side at the start of the season, I think once you get in you want to establish yourself and make sure you don't go back out of it after realising what happens when you don't perform or work hard in training then the repercussions are that you don't play.'
Adding: 'I experienced that and it's something that I have learnt from now and I hopefully won't go back to that level that I was at. It just gave me a kick up the backside really to go in and concentrate fully and not let anything else affect me.'
Pearson, at just 22, still has his very best years ahead of him and went on to speak about having a 'lot more to come' from him as he's 'nowhere near the finished article' with continued improvement in his personal game the next aim.
Looking ahead to next season it's hoped that with the right signings, added to the talented squad already in place, Preston could offer up a serious challenge to the play-offs next term, having dropped off the pace in the final weeks.
He finished: 'There are a lot of young players on long term deals here and I think the team is here to stay for a while and it only bodes well for the future. I think with a few more signings then we could be a real force this season.'