LOAN CEN­TU­RION

Paul Gal­lagher is the first man to play 100 times on loan for one club

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Jack Skel­ton

AS CAR­LOS Tevez fired Ju­ven­tus into the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League on Wed­nes­day night, the for­mer Manch­ester United striker prob­a­bly did not re­alise he had just lost an in­trigu­ing place in English foot­ball his­tory.

The night be­fore Juve downed Borus­sia Dort­mund, with the help of a Tevez dou­ble, Pre­ston North End for­ward Paul Gal­lagher over­hauled the Ar­gen­tine to be­come the first player to make 100 loan ap­pear­ances for an English club dur­ing a 2-0 victory over Peter­bor­ough.

Cen­tury

The 30-year-old, who is cur­rently on loan from Pre­mier League side Le­ices­ter City, has ac­cu­mu­lated his cen­tury across three sep­a­rate loan spells, with Tevez’s 99 ap­pear­ances com­ing in one stint on loan at Manch­ester United from West Ham.

While Gal­lagher may not be one of the Li­ly­whites own, noone has made more ap­pear­ances for Simon Grayson’s side this cam­paign as they chase au­to­matic pro­mo­tion from League One.

And with his Le­ices­ter con­tract set to ex­pire in the sum­mer, Gal­lagher is hop­ing to rack up plenty more ap­pear­ances at Deep­dale, should he sign on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

“I just en­joy play­ing foot­ball and I’ve been lucky enough that I’ve been at this club for three loan deals to get to 100 ap­pear­ances, but hope­fully it’s a lot more,” he said.

“It’s a proud mo­ment for me – I know it’s a loan but 100 games at one club is a great achieve­ment and hope­fully it can be a lot more with a few more goals to come.

Fan­tas­tic

“But it’s not about me, it’s about get­ting three points and I want to try and help this club get to where they want to be – and even higher.

“We’re all push­ing in the right di­rec­tion – it’s a team game, not an in­di­vid­ual game but play­ing 100 matches is fan­tas­tic.”

With the Foxes strug­gling at the bot­tom of the Pre­mier League and Pre­ston rid­ing high at the top of League One, Gal­lagher could well find him­self fac­ing his par­ent club in the Cham­pi­onship next year.

But, for now, the ex-Black­burn player is fo­cus­ing on help­ing his adopted team stave off their chal­lengers for the sec­ond au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spot be­hind run­away lead­ers Bris­tol City.

“There are go­ing to be twists and turns, we know that, and that’s why we need to stay lev­el­headed.

“We’ve got ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers here that will do that and we’ve also got a good coach­ing staff.

“We’re go­ing to take it game by game and see where we are at the end of the sea­son. If we keep play­ing like we are, then we’ll be up there,” he added.

LOAN RANGER: Paul Gal­lagher is in the record books and, inset, Al­lan Nyom

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