Preston North End v Yeovil Town: Joe Edwards relishes Glovers return
Joe Edwards believes his long-term future remains at Bristol City, but wants to stay with Yeovil Town for longer than his first month-long spell.
The versatile defender arrived at Huish Park on loan for a second time last week, after injuries to both himself and his Ashton Gate team-mates curtailed his first visit at the start of the year.
Glovers’ boss Gary Johnson was keen to keep Edwards beyond the first month, but he was instead recalled not only to regain fitness, but to also answer City’s crisis.
The 21-year-old was awarded a new contract by manager Derek McInnes in the summer and still sees his childhood club as where he ultimately wants to play.
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However, he jumped at the chance of coming back to Yeovil where he is targeting an extended run of games.
Edwards said: “I was disappointed I didn’t get to play for Bristol City, but I am thankful that Yeovil have come back in for me.
“It all happened quite quickly, but I was more than happy to come back down.
“I would like to stay longer, but we will see how that goes here and with Bristol City.
“I want to get as many games as I can and help the team climb back up the table.
“I hope that my future is with City, I live in Bristol, I have a lot of friends there and that is where I have grown up playing my football.
“If that’s not the case, though, I will move on and play somewhere else.”
Full-back Edwards – who can also operate in midfield – heads to Preston on Saturday looking to add to fond memories having made his City debut at Deepdale.
Yeovil want to halt a run of four League One defeats and Edwards acknowledged the travellers faced a stern test.
“There are some great players here and a few of them I knew from before,” he said.
“They are a great bunch of lads and we have definitely got a good enough squad to push on this year.
“ I looked up to Jamie McAllister when he was at Bristol and now he is here, so that is perfect for me. It means there is a lot of experience at the back as well.
“It (Preston) was where I made my Bristol City debut, so it will be nice to go back there and, hopefully, I will get a game there. It was my first-ever game, so it was good.
“They are a strong side and obviously have a lot of good players, being a bigger club – but the boys are up for it and we are looking forward to it.
“Anyone in this league can beat anyone, so if we go there with our ‘A game’ there is no reason why we cannot get a result.”
On the mood in the dressing room, Edwards added: “Since I came back you would not really have been able to tell about the results.
“On Tuesday, we had a bit of a team bonding session where we went go-karting, which was good to get all of the lads together. Everyone is really positive and just looking forward to the games coming up.”
Yeovil are set to hand tall defender Dan Burn his debut, following his loan move from Fulham earlier this week, while Johnson has no injury or suspension concerns.
Chris Beardsley has an outside chance of being involved in the Preston squad.
Winger Lee Holmes, who has not played for a month because of a gashed knee, is still three to four weeks away from being considered for first-team selection.