Preston North End star Aiden McGeady has confirmed his desire to stay at Deepdale and says he felt like a forgotten man during his spells at Everton and Sheffield Wednesday.
The Republic of Ireland international has had a stellar season for the Lilywhites and was recently named their Player of the Year after delivering a string of fine performances, and the 31-year-old is keen to keep plying his trade for the Championship outfit.
McGeady is currently on loan at Preston from Everton, who have no intention of giving him a place in their first team. The former Celtic and Spartak Moscow winger knows his time at Goodison Park is as good as over, and hopes the two north-west outfits can come to an agreement over a permanent deal.
"I'd like to come back because I have enjoyed it," the Everton outcast told Preston's official website. "It has been the best thing that has happened to me in the last few years.
"Before this I was forgotten about the last couple of years; I wasn't playing at Everton, I didn't play much at Sheffield Wednesday, but here I have played, I have enjoyed it, it has been great for me and I would like to come back, but it is out of my hands.
"I have enjoyed playing my football here, especially at Deepdale. It has been great, I have had a lot of good games and the team has got some good results as well."
McGeady, who could play his last game for Preston when they travel to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday (7 May), joined Everton from Spartak for a nominal fee in January 2014 but completely failed to prove himself at Premier League level.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman is not interested in handing the Irishman a Goodison lifeline and is expected to spend heavily in the summer transfer window as he prepares his side to fight on both domestic and European fronts.