Wright: Preston can still make playoffs!

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Socceroo Bailey Wright says his club Preston North End have their eyes on jagging a playoff spot and a shot at entering the Premier League.

Preston were only promoted into the Championship from League One this season, but the Lilywhites have impressed so far and sit just seven points off Sheffield Wednesday in sixth place.

Preston have only lost two of their past 10 fixtures and recently went on a four-match winning run.

“We had a good run of games, I think it was four/five wins in a row,” Wright told FourFourTwo.

“It’s crept us up to ninth and we’re sort of pushing for playoffs. We know it’s a tough ask to get a playoff position but we don’t see why we can’t do it.

“Obviously our aim at the start of the season was just to finish as high up as possible and make sure we stay up in that league, now its to be pushing and see if we can reach those playoff spots. It’s been a good season for us, there’s a lot of football to be played but so far it’s been good.”

Wright has been a regular in the heart of defence for the Lancashire side, making 29 appearances in the league and cup this season.

“It’s been another new challenge Championship football, and progressing,” he admitted.

“For me playing games, and playing well, has been the aim. If you’re picked most weeks you’re happy with that. So to be part of a winning team as well it’s been nice.

“It’s nice testing yourself in the tougher division against better players and the bigger teams, and hopefully it can me a better player.”

The Socceroos return to action later this month and Wright is likely to receive another call up. The central defender has started the past five Socceroo matches in a row, with Australia to come up against Tajikistan on March 24 and Jordan on March 29.

“Tough challenges again for us, both games in Australia, [but] it’d be nice to get called up,” the 23-year old said.

“Hopefully we’ll know in a few weeks and hopefully I’ll be in with another shout. There’s no better feeling than representing your country and they’re important games for us and important qualifiers on home soil.

“For mew when I was first involved the aim was to learn and get to know what things were about. I’ve been part of quite a few camps now and played quite a few games so I know what’s expected. If I get called up I want to be out there and playing.

“It’s an exciting time for Australian football and hopefully it get going for everyone.”

The Socceroos are in top spot in Group B with 15 points, two above Jordan.

A win in their next match against Tajikistan will ensure they go through to the next stage on top of their pool.

“Our aim was always to top our group, playing good football and winning well,” Wright said.

“These two games ahead of us give us a great opportunity to top our group and progress through to the next stages of qualifiers. It’s important that we don’t just win but play well and that we finish top of the group as it sets a marker for us.”