The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By An­drew Law­ton

JOR­DAN HUGILL says the burn­ing am­bi­tion of ev­ery­one at Pre­ston North End con­vinced he and Paul Gal­lagher to sign new con­tracts with the Li­ly­whites this week.

Hugill, 24, has ex­tended his stay at Deep­dale by three years, while 32-yearold Gal­lagher will be at the club un­til the sum­mer of 2018.

The Mid­dles­brough­born striker be­lieves his hard work has paid off .

“The set-up here is fan­tas­tic,” Hugill said. “The staff are bril­liant on and off the train­ing pitch. They are al­ways there to help you.

“The way the club wants to move for­ward and the way we want to play as a team are the rea­sons why ev­ery­one wants to sign back on.

“I went away last sea­son and knew I had to give my­self a good chance of play­ing this sea­son.The only way for me to do that was to work a lot in the off­sea­son on my fit­ness and other sides of the game.

“This is a re­ward for all the hard work I have put in, but it doesn’t stop there. I still have a long way to go.

“But this new con­tract gives me the time to de­velop as a player and then stamp my foot down on get­ting that reg­u­lar start­ing po­si­tion.”

For­mer Le­ices­ter City for­ward Gal­lagher is in his third spell at Pre­ston, for whom he has made 160 ap­pear­ances. He be­lieves he’s at the top of his game.

“I think I’m play­ing the best foot­ball of my ca­reer and I’m prob­a­bly the hap­pi­est I have been, too,” he said. “If you are happy, you are go­ing to per­form on the pitch.”

UP­BEAT: Jor­dan Hugill

STAY­ING: Paul Gal­lagher

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