PRESTON midfielder Alan Browne described Cork City goalkeeper, Tadhg Ryan, as “the best player on the pitch” after the friendly at Turner's Cross this week.
The former Ringmahon Rangers playmaker played the second-half on his return to Leeside and although he was frustrated to see a powerful strike saved by Ryan, he admitted he was happy with the workout.
“I was asking after the game who he was; he could have left mine in, like,” said Browne.
“No, he made some fantastic saves, to be fair to him. I thought he was the best player on the pitch. It definitely would have been five or six, if it wasn’t for his performance.
“It was good to get another 45 minutes in the legs. We had a game Saturday and another game again today (Monday), so it was a quick turnaround, after our short flight over.
“But it is good to keep progressing and to keep building up our fitness. That’s the structure that is in place and it is going well so far.
“I will get to see some family and some friends during the week and they were here tonight, as well, so it’s good to see old faces and to have a few catch-ups.”
Browne sights are set on achieving promotion in the campaign ahead.
“The aim is to get the club promoted and to again play as many games as I can,” stated the 24-year-old.
“Hopefully, I can chip in with a few goals and assists: that’s my job. And if I can do that, I’m sure the boys will do their jobs and we can have a good season to look forward to.
“I don’t want to keep saying it, because I have said it many times before, but I think injuries let us down last season.
“I think, if we can keep everyone fit, then we are going to be stronger this year and there is no reason why we can’t have a good crack at it.
“The likes of Sean (Maguire), and the boys who had long periods of injuries, that is what let us down more than anything. I just think we were really unfortunate last year.”