Alexander eyes repeat success

Midfielder getting to know new faces after return to Preston

By Chris Galea.   Last Updated: 16/08/11 12:28pm

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Preston North End's experienced midfielder Graham Alexander is hoping to emulate the success he enjoyed with the club during his first spell at Deepdale.

The 39-year-old returned to the Lilywhites earlier this month after four years with local rivals Burnley, where he played in the Premier League for a single season.

The Scotland international enjoyed over eight years with Preston after joining from Luton in 1999 for just £50,000 and went on to make 380 appearances.

Alexander, renowned for his set-piece prowess, helped the Lilywhites go from League One to losing Championship play-off finalists on two occasions and he does not want to dwell on former glories anymore.

Exciting times

"Obviously, the buildings and training ground are still the same, but the personnel inside them has completely changed," Alexander told skysports.com.

"The playing squad and coaching staff is completely different, with just Neil Mellor remaining from when I left the club four years ago.

"There are a lot of new faces for me to get to know, but it still feels very similar because at the end of the day it is the same club that I have great memories from and some of the backroom office staff are still the same.

"It is exciting times for me and I'm delighted to be back here, so hopefully we can do just as well as we did during my first spell here."

Preston make the trip to Chesterfield on Tuesday night to face a side who were two divisions below them last season, but Alexander insists that football can be a great leveller at times.

He added: "They've obviously come up from the division below and I know from previous experience that sides which have just won promotion have a great bond and team spirit that often carries on into the new season.

"It doesn't matter whether you come from the division above or the one below we are all League One sides now and it will be a very tough game for us, but one we relish.

"They play some decent football over there and have a great record at their place, but we will be going there to win at the end of the day."

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