ALAN BROWNE was on the goal-trail for Ireland last month at the Aviva Stadium and hopes to follow up with a big display in the crunch qualifier with Georgia.
The 24-year-old Leesider has hit the net regularly from midfield with Preston and is in the mix to feature for Mick McCarthy’s side this weekend.
“It was a good taster and it was good to get off the mark for my country as well, I know it is going to be difficult to get into that midfield, the boys in front of me have done fantastic so far,” said the former Ringmahon ace.
“They deserve to be there. But I will be pushing them in training and any chance I get, I will be looking to impress.
“I think I have got every chance, but the boys will be fancying themselves to start because they have done so well so far.
“I don’t think it is any problem for me. I will still be working as hard as ever in training. I will be going into the game prepared to play and that is the way I go into every game.”
Browne has been in and out of the team at Preston, struggling to date to match his excellent form from the last campaign.
“It has been a tough season so far. I don’t think that’s down to how badly I’ve done, but the lads ahead of me at club level have done fantastic and that shows with our position in the league.
“It is difficult, I can’t really go into the gaffer and complain that I need to start because the boys are doing a job who are in there. I’ve got to be patient and keep working hard.”
Preston are third in the Championship and Browne is hoping to emulate John Egan and Conor Hourihane with promotion to the top flight.
“For me the goal is to get to the top. It is a given for any footballer, but it is a massive task. Where we are at the moment is a really good position. But it is a long season ahead. We know how difficult the Championship can be.
“We will keep striving right until the end. Hopefully we can get to where we want to be.”