Preston Wright on track for promotion

Bailey Wright and his League One club Preston North End are one game away from automatic promotion to the English Championship but the Socceroo isn’t getting ahead of himself just yet.

A dominant 3-0 win over Swindon Town on Saturday means Preston is in the box seat to go up, sitting in second spot with 89 points, one point above third-placed MK Dons on 88 points.

The Lilywhites travel to 23rd place Colchester this Sunday in the final fixture while MK Dons are at home to already relegated Yeovil.

Swindon’s Aussie midfielder Massimo Luongo was rested from the Preston game while Wright started in defence.

“It was a great result for us,” the defender told FourFourTwo.

“MK Dons have kept the pressure on as well and we knew it was an important three points. Sure, it was never going to be an easy game but we played well and finished our chances.

“It’s going down to the last game of the season. We’ve been playing well and scoring goals so hopefully we can continue that for the last game of the season.”

Preston has not been beaten in their last 10 games, racking up five wins and five draws. Their opponents this weekend, Colchester, are in the relegation zone and must win to have any chance of avoiding the drop to League Two.

“At this sort of time of the year, in the last 10 games of the season, you’re always playing teams that have different purposes for what they’re playing for,” Wright said.

“Some are fighting to get out of relegation, some fighting for playoffs and some fighting for automatic promotion. So every team has their own reasons and every game is a tough game. Sometimes a team at the bottom, scrapping for their lives, they’re the toughest games to play in.”

Wright has been with Preston since 2009 and was a part of the Lilywhites squad that was relegated from the Championship in 2011. The 22-year old said it would be very special to help the club get promoted after seven years at Deepdale.

“I’ve been here quite a while and I was here when the club was relegated so for us to get promoted back to the Championship would be a great achievement and one where the club belongs,” Wright said.

“I’ve been here for a while and I’ve seen how important it is, and how big a club Preston is. If we can get back to the Championship it works well for everyone at the club.”

The centre back made a handful of first-team appearances for Preston in the Championship at the start of his career in the UK.

“I was only young and I’d love to get more of a taste for it and give it a go,” he said.

“I’m still learning now but I feel like I’ve developed a lot since then. As a club we’ve been relegated and had a few hard seasons but hopefully now we can get our rewards after a tough season, but one we’ve worked hard at and I think we deserve.”

Preston are managed by former Leeds United boss Simon Grayson, an expert at getting sides promoted after steering three different clubs into the Championship in his career. The Lilywhites failed to get last season, after being knocked out in the playoffs by Rotherham.

“He’s got a good history and a good record,” Wright said.

“I think he keeps everyone calm and relaxed and keeps everyone focused on what you need to do to achieve your goals. Keep your feet on the ground, keep working hard and success will come your way.

“It’s boiling down to the last game of the season, it’s all in our hands. Why don’t we just go and enjoy our football, work hard, do our best and hopefully that’ll give us the win.”