It’s fair to say that Andre Green’s signing really didn’t work out for Preston.

With Callum Robinson sold to Sheffield United, North End needed another winger. Links to Scott Sinclair proved fruitless, and Preston ended up going for Green instead.

The parallels to Robinson were obvious; both came through at Aston Villa, both were England youth internationals, and both were right-footed wingers with experience on the left flank.

Preston North End’s Andre Green. (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)


The hope was that Green would come in and replace Robinson, and an early goal against Bradford City in a Carabao Cup tie handed fans a glimpse of what Green could provide.

However, that was about as good as it got for Green. He managed just four league appearances, none of which were as a starter, and his last appearance for Preston came back in October.

The 21-year-old’s loan was ended in January, and he moved onto Charlton Athletic. Unsurprisingly, his first goal for the Addicks came against Preston at Deepdale, with Green celebrating wildly.

Andre Green of Preston North End. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Green added another goal to his tally over the weekend, with Charlton getting more out of him than Preston ever did. Now, Green has admitted to London News Online that his celebration agianst Preston was just a release of frustration, admitting that the motivation to score was ‘crazy’.

Green noted that he didn’t think Preston’s system – 4-2-3-1 with fairly narrow wingers – didn’t fit what he was signed for, and doesn’t feel that boss Alex Neil saw the best of him and subsequently chose not to play him, seemingly feeling that it was just a bad move for all parties.

“I’m only human and I had all of my family saying ‘score or just do anything in this game’ because they knew how frustrating it had been’. The motivation for that one was crazy,” said Green. “I got a bit of stick for my celebration but I have apologised to the fans because I have respect for everyone at the club. But that one felt good. I think the system at Preston didn’t fit with what I was brought in to do. For whatever reason I don’t feel the manager saw what I could properly do and chose not to play me,” he added.

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