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Savage Appointment

Savage Appointment

No, not savage as in 'bad', which is one of the slang terms used for the word these days, this appointment is that of Joe Savage.

Alex Neil has further added to his Preston backroom staff with the addition of Savage, who also worked alongside him at Norwich and Hamilton before that.

Savage has been named head of recruitment at North End.

He told the Official Website: 'I am very excited to join Preston North End. The club has a proven track record of signing young, hungry players and improving them and I look forward to playing my part in the continuation of that.'

Work has started immediately and he will 'head up the club's scouting structure, helping with player identification.'

Meanwhile, on the playing side of things, Ben Pearson has revealed his positive vibes ahead on the start of the Championship season against Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale this weekend.

Pearson told the Official Website the hard work he's put in, along with his teammates, during pre-season should pay off for Preston.

'Over the past four or five weeks we've all worked hard, there's been a lot of games, new systems, new formation and a new style of play so I think all of that combined leading into the game is good. I think the harder people have worked and the better people have understood their roles in what to do then I'm sure it will all work out on Saturday.'

It looks as if Pearson, 22, will be a prominent player under Alex Neil who has challenged the former Manchester United youngster to play a slightly different role during pre-season, which he's been happy to do and aims to repay that faith.

'I've played this role quite a bit in my career so far, I think it's slightly different this time because it's a lot about getting on the ball as well as what you do without it. So I think it's understanding both roles of what I'm going to be doing but I've really enjoyed it, said Pearson.

Adding: 'I think the manager has put a lot of faith in me to go and start play and obviously break it up at the same time so I'm happy with how it's going at the minute.'

On paper Preston do have a tough opening to the season but Pearson isn't paying too much attention to this as he went on to explain it wouldn't have mattered who filled the opening six fixtures as they would all be tough.

Pearson merely hopes to begin with a good result against Wednesday.

'I think if you look at the fixtures coming up I think you could have had any six teams and you would have said they were all difficult anyway. I don't think it really matters who you play, I think having the home game first is better, in front of the home crowd trying to get a result on the first day of the season will be good and hopefully we can kick on from there.'

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Wednesday August 2 2017
Time: 3:11PM

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