Connor Simpson wants to follow in footsteps of Preston North End legend Jordan Hugill and be a huge success at Deepdale.
The teenager is currently on-loan at League Two Carlisle United, but the 19-year-old has his mind firmly set on making the breakthrough with Preston after joining from Hartlepool United last year.
Simpson – who like fellow North-East man Hugill – has come through non-league and now his focus is looking to make the most of chances when he returns to Preston in the summer.
“I look at Jordan Hugill as an example of what you can achieve by working hard and using the most of what you have. I hope that I can have a career similar to his and follow in his footsteps,” Simpson told TEAMtalk.
Simpson is currently on-loan at Carlisle, but has found his chances limited in recent weeks but he is determined to make the most of his stay at Brunton Park.
“I’m only 19-years-old and I have a lot to learn, I’m almost 6’6” and I am still growing and I know that I need to use my physicality more,” he added.
“I’m lucky in that I’ve got Alex Neil at Preston who has told me what I need to improve on and now Steven Pressley at Carlisle. I’ve asked to do extra training here and the manager is working with me on a one to one which I really appreciate. I’m confident that if I get minutes that I will score goals for Carlisle.”