Wright reflects on 'special' promotion

Socceroo Bailey Wright described Preston North End's promotion to the Championship as a "very special moment".

Wright was one of three current or former Socceroos involved in the League One play-off final in May as his and Neil Kilkenny's Preston thrashed Massimo Luongo's Swindon Town 4-0 at Wembley.

It ended a curse that had affected the Lilywhites for several play-off campaigns as they earned a spot back in the Championship.

“It was a very special moment. Some people never get the chance to play at Wembley,” Wright told FourFourTwo.

“Experiencing winning at Wembley and to be able to do it with Preston and break the club’s history of a bad record is very, very special.

“The only way we could enjoy Wembley was by winning and to know we will be playing Championship football next season is something we are looking forward to and we can’t wait for the challenge. The club deserved this promotion.

“Right from the kick-off you could see we knew what we set out to achieve and I think the 4-0 score line did reflect the game. We have some good firepower up top and Jermaine Beckford certainly showed his quality, as did the whole team. We dominated in most areas. We allowed Swindon possession but they couldn’t really do a lot with it."

Good friends and Australia team-mates Wright and Luongo faced off in the final, with the latter also set to play in the Championship next season after signing with QPR.

“It’s great to see a mate have such a good season, and be playing in the play-off final at Wembley with me and my team-mate Neil Kilkenny too," Wright said.

"Mass has deserved his move to QPR and I’m sure he will continue to impress there in the Championship too."

Wright is set to add to his three Socceroos caps when Australia begin their 2018 World cup qualifying campaign against Kyrgyzstan on June 16 in Bishkek.

The former Dandenong Thunder junior has the opportunity to play his first competitive international game after appearing in three friendlies.

“I’m delighted to be called up to the Socceroos and I’m looking forward to another new challenge,” the 22-year old-defender said.

“I’ve been involved with the national team a few times now and this is my first experience of a World Cup qualifying campaign.

"It always an honour to be called up for your country and have the chance to represent Australia and pull on the green and gold.”