Daniel Johnson and Callum Robinson both started out at Aston Villa in their younger years before moving to Preston North End.
They both joined in the 2014/15 season, DJ for the bargain price of £50k and Robinson initially on loan.
It was great to watch them both develop over the years into the experienced professionals they are now.
Whilst Callum moved on to pastures new, DJ will celebrate seven years at the club in January. Johnson has been captaining PNE most of this season, with Alan Browne sitting out due to covid at first and now just having to settle for a place on the bench.
PNE welcome West Bromwich Albion to Deepdale on Saturday for what should be a tough encounter. As well as Robinson, West Brom could line up with four other former PNE players.
Robinson started the season with a bang with The Baggies with three goals and an assist in the first three games of the season. He has been disrupted with having to isolate himself of late but started the most recent match against Derby County on Tuesday.
DJ and Callum are close friends, and the Jamaican revealed he had been in touch with the Republic of Ireland international recently.
DJ on Callum Robinson: “I spoke to him on Tuesday night, he messaged me saying congratulations and I just said see you Saturday and that’s it until after the game now. Everyone that knows me know that’s how I am until that final whistle goes!” #pnefc
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) September 16, 2021
Daniel Johnson scored his 50th goal for North End on Tuesday, and what a beauty it was. A brilliant ball by Ryan Ledson was expertly controlled by Johnson which took it past Robin Olsen and left an easy finish. The 28-year-old has started this season well, and it is hoped he can return to the form which saw him take all the club accolades in the 2019/20 season.
Callum Robinson will remain close friends with many of the PNE squad and it was nice to hear him congratulate DJ on his milestone. As Johnson said though, it’s straight back to business, and there won’t be any pleasantries exchanged until the final whistle on Saturday.