Nugent targets promotion with North End

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David Nugent hopes to help Preston challenge for promotion next season after securing a return to Deepdale.

David Nugent hopes to help Preston challenge for promotion next season after securing a return to Deepdale.

Nugent will officially become a Preston player again on August 1 after his Derby County release, 12 years after leaving in a £6million deal for Premier League football with Portsmouth.

The 34-year-old striker managed 37 goals in 107 appearances for Preston in his first spell with the club and helped the Lilywhites reach the play-offs twice, as well as finishing in seventh spot in his final season with the club.

Nugent is delighted to have rejoined the Lancashire club and believes they can battle it out for a place in the top six in the coming campaign.

‘I think there is a feeling of unfinished business,’ he told the North End website.

‘I left on good terms, I think it was the best deal for myself and the club at the time.

‘I’d just made my England debut and needed to further my career.

‘Portsmouth gave me my chance to do that.

Maybe it did not go to plan but you learn from mistakes.

‘I left Portsmouth to go to Leicester, got promoted there and had my best years.

‘I’ve been involved in a lot of promotions and play-offs and hopefully I can bring that experience to Preston, help the lads.

There is every chance that we will be challenging.’

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