Change Is Not A Bad Thing
Obviously Marnick Vermijl wasn't expecting Simon Grayson to leave during the summer but he has and the Preston full back doesn't think change is necessarily a bad thing.
It happens in football and you deal with it.
With pre-season now in full swing Vermijl, who had come to Preston on loan the season before last and then permanently last summer, has admitted how good it's been to be involved at North End from day as preparations for the upcoming campaign move on.
He told the Official Website: 'It`s been really good, the last couple of seasons I can`t really remember having a proper pre-season with a team. I came in on deadline day in the last two years so it`s nice to be in early with the squad and do a full pre-season with them, it`s going well. Pre-season sets you up for the full season, you need to make sure you`re as fit as possible and I think we`re doing that at the moment. In the running test everybody performed really well and that shows the ambition that the lads have for this season so it`s all good.'
Returning to the change of manager thoughts, Vermijl, as said, wasn't expecting Grayson to leave but came to terms with that pretty quickly, which you have to in football and he doesn't think it will be a bad thing.
The appointment of Alex Neil has pleased him and he went on to say he feels the new boss will work well with the squad.
'We certainly didn`t expect it when we came in and you need to adapt yourself really quickly - you need to have that switch in your head. The new gaffer came in and he`s already told us what his plans are for this season and how he wants us to play. I think it will suit this team - we have a lot of young players, with experience as well, so we`ve got a good mixture in this team and hopefully we can push on this season.'
Adding: 'Change is not a bad thing, I worked with Simon Grayson for the last two years but now with the new gaffer coming in you see a different part of football again. He can make us better at different things, like his style and how he wants to play, so let`s see how that will work out.'
Vermijl went on to say he's aware the 'Championship isn't an easy league' yet having gone relatively close to making the play-offs last season due to 'the quality and the talent we have that we can have a good go' but on a personal level he's simply looking to 'play as many games' as he can.
One of the new arrivals is Josh Harrop, who was known to Vermijl from his own spell at the Manchester United academy, like Ben Pearson and Liam Grimshaw too.
Harrop has been praised as having 'unbelievable ability' and backed to impress at Deepdale.
'I know Josh, I played with him at Man United and I know how good he is. I know what he can do and what he can`t do. He`s got unbelievable ability and that can only be beneficial for us; he can bring that extra spark up front for us so hopefully he can do that this season. It`s always nice to have familiar faces in the team and it makes it easier that you know how they play and they know how you play. For me now, I`ve been here two years and I know everyone really well.'