Preston North End's Craig Morgan eager to take chance

Craig Morgan
Morgan followed Darren Ferguson to Preston from Peterborough

Preston defender Craig Morgan says he is intent on making the most of his return to the North End first team.

The Wales international returned to the starting line-up in the league last weekend at Charlton for the first time since the opening day of the season.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I've just got to play well every game like everybody else.

"As long as I'm playing well and doing the best I can do and the gaffer is happy I will play on the Saturday."

The 26-year-old was dropped by boss Phil Brown after the home defeat by Colchester in August and until the 5-2 defeat at Charlton last Saturday had only played two Carling Cup ties since.

He said: "You don't want to be watching the scores come in on a Saturday afternoon, you want to be playing.

"It effects a lot of things. It doesn't make you a happy person to be around.

"It's what happens to professional footballers and you have to conduct yourself right.

"You keep yourself in the best possible shape and train as hard as you can.

"I had a meeting with the gaffer three or four weeks into not playing and just said 'I want to play football and if it's not here can I go out on loan?'"

Morgan is set to keep his place for the FA Cup first round tie against Southend United at Deepdale, which, after also playing in Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area quarter-final penalty shoot-out win over Rochdale, will be his third consecutive start.