Nugent intent on staying
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Nugent has reiterated his desire to remain at Preston.
David Nugent has reiterated his desire to remain at Deepdale and help fire Preston into the Premiership.
Nugent has been linked with a move away from Preston for some time, but manager Paul Simpson has so far fended off all interest in the striker and the 21-year-old is happy for that policy to continue until the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.
"I'm happy to be here," stated Nugent. "The chairman has told me I'm not going to be sold and that's fine with me because I want to fire this club into the Premiership.
"I've got used to dealing with all the speculation by now. This is the third year in succession that I've had to cope with it and I'm good at it.
"I read the papers and see that clubs are keen on buying me and it's obviously nice to read, but I'm focused on Preston."
Nugent scored a stunning goal on Saturday as Preston moved into the fifth round of the FA Cup, but the forward has his sights trained on taking on a new role.
"I never score in training - during the week I always play in defence or in goal," he revealed.
"It's just a bit of fun for me and it's nice to muck around. I make sure that I'm always in goal for the little matches we play.
"I think I'm getting better all the time and if the gaffer needs a goalkeeper, then I reckon I might be the man to step in."