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Simon Grayson admits excitement over Leeds fixtures, discusses finishing above former club

Preston boss Simon Grayson faces former club Leeds this weekend.

Preston North End boss Simon Grayson has told BBC Radio Lancashire that it's 'nice' to be finishing above his former club Leeds United this season.

The Lilywhites are far exceeded any expectations by finishing in the top half of the Championship table, something few could have expected when they won promotion via the League One play-offs last season.

This weekend, North End play their final game of the season, and it's a particularly fascinating one for manager Grayson, as he takes on his former club Leeds United at Deepdale.

Grayson, 45, spent over three years managing his boyhood club Leeds, winning almost 50% of his games in charge before surprisingly losing his job back in February 2012.

More than four years on and Leeds are yet to really get back to the level they were at under Grayson, and many Leeds fans still respect the Preston boss for his work at Elland Road.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's clash, Grayson admitted to BBC Radio Lancashire that, when the fixtures were released last summer, he was excited to check when he would be facing Leeds.

Grayson also added that it's nice to finish above such a huge club like Leeds - though, a heavy win for Steve Evans' men could actually propel Leeds above Preston in the table - and North End will ultimately be looking for revenge having lost 1-0 to Leeds at Elland Road in December.

"It's a fantastic fixture both personally and professionally as well," said Grayson. "It's a great game for the supporters, it will be a good atmosphere as they'll be bringing over 5,000, and we want to win the game to finish in the top ten."

"The two Leeds games were fixtures that I looked at when the fixtures came out straight away, so it's quite ironic that it's the last game of the season. We're going to finish about them, which is nice, and we're going to finish above a lot of big, experienced teams who have spent a lot more money than us, and that's satisfying as well," he added.

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