Preston North End striker Jayden Stockley has started the Lilywhites’ last three games, contributing an assist and a goal as he looks to stake a place as a regular under Alex Neil.
The striker, arrived at Deepdale in January from League Two side Exeter City and the 26-year-old has since made 28 league appearances for the club, scoring four goals.
After impressive displays against Blackburn Rovers and Charlton Athletic, Stockley then went and won the EFL on Quest player of the week award for his performance last time out against Huddersfield Town.
Speaking of life in Preston, Stockley revealed on Tuesday that he has enjoyed getting out and about in the city.
“After the Blackburn game I went to an Indian for a takeaway and I got a round of applause when I walked in – I couldn’t believe it, the people around the city have been really nice and have only got nice things to say – it just gives you a nice feeling,” he told the club’s official media channels on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old has spent the international break getting engaged with the city and is now focusing on Saturday’s trip to Derby County.
“When you get that little period of time off when you have been in good for, it is nice to reflect on that and think about what has gone well for us and to try and continue that momentum after the break,” the striker continued.
“We had DJ and Pearo out for the last game and a few players were carrying a bit of a knock, so it is nice for those players to get a rest,” he added.
Speaking of his own form, Stockley admitted: “It has been a real upturn for me and that has come from a lot of hard work, so it has been good to be around family and feel good about yourself and you can’t not feel good about yourself at the moment.”
Preston take the trip to Pride Park on Saturday, a ground where the Lilywhites have failed to win on their last 11 visits – supporters will be hoping Stockley can follow up his recent performances if the side are to get anything from the game.
It would have been a big transition for Stockley leaving League Two and living in Exeter to move as far north as Preston.
However, he has impressed in the appearances he has made and this is clearly something he has taken into his day-to-day life.
The striker seems happy and settled in Lancashire and should he keep up this form and add to his goal tally this should help maintain his mood and confidence.
The North End fans will enjoying hearing that Stockley has taken to the city and that he is full of praise for the club’s supporters.