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Joe Garner always committed to Preston North End

21 August 2014

Preston North End's Joe Garner insists he was never going to leave Deepdale and is looking forward to living his childhood dreams a little longer after signing a new deal this week.

The 26-year-old's future came under scrutiny after a 24-goal season which put Sky Bet Championship clubs on red alert given Garner's previous deal was due to expire next summer.

Manager Simon Grayson revealed that North End did not want to sell Garner, and were even willing to allow him to leave on a free next summer should it come to that, but the player himself always expressed a desire to stay.

"I've said it before, it took me long enough to get here and having only been here a year and a half I wanted to see it through," said Garner, who penned a new two-year contract on Tuesday.

"With the players and the staff that we've got I think we've got a good chance of getting promotion.

"I'm very passionate (about Preston), I think you can see that when I play. I used to come to the games and see strikers like Ricardo Fuller and Nuge (David Nugent). I want to go out there and give it everything I've got and hopefully it gets us three points and up the league.

"If you see the young lads sat in the crowd, I'm living what they want to be doing. It's a good feeling."

Garner, who revealed his favourite North End goal was a two-yard tap-in against Peterborough, rather than his stunning strike against Rotherham in the play-offs, firmly believes Grayson's side can earn promotion this summer.

That is why he had no problems shunning Championship clubs in favour of at least one more year in the third tier.

"If you do well, the year after there's always speculation but my family are here, my children are here and I'm just happy to be putting on the Preston shirt every week and going out there and hopefully getting a couple of goals," he added.

"I knew there were clubs interested but I never wanted to go and I'm happy to stay here for as long as I can.

"The club's a Championship outfit and the players we've brought in, and the ones we've got here, all believe we can play in the Championship, so I didn't see any point in going anywhere."

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