Socceroo ready to ramp up

Surprise Socceroo Bailey Wright says he's ready to step his career up a notch after the 'unbelievable' experience of going to the FIFA World Cup.

Wright made headlines in Australia as the bolter in Ange Postecoglou's squad for the tournament in Brazil, although he failed to get on the pitch and is yet to make his senior international debut.

However, the 22-year-old feels that rubbing shoulders with the Socceroos' best and watching them take on the game's elite will stand him in good stead as Preston North End prepare for the 2014-15 League One campaign.

"Being at the World Cup was a great experience and everything I took away from it was unbelievable," he told the Lancashire Evening Post.

"I learned loads from being with Australia and I will try and use that to become a better player.

"It is difficult to actually put into words just how good the experience was."

Like many members of the Socceroos squad, Wright was granted an extended break after being a part of Postecoglou's gruelling pre-World Cup boot camp.

And now the centre-back is hoping to help guide Preston into the Championship after their painful loss in last season's play-off semi-finals.

"I came into pre-season a little bit later than the other boys," he said.

"The management staff here felt that a little break would do me the world of good.

"I've come back feeling fit and my aim is to have a really good season.

"As a team we fell short last season and the disappointment we felt should make us hungry to push on and take that extra step. We have made some good additions to the squad during the summer.

"Last season we had a good season too and we have added to that.

"Hopefully that will give us that added edge to push towards automatic promotion."