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Neil's departure is probably the final nail in the coffin for two PNE players

It’s easy to have lost track of all the comings and goings at Preston over the last year.

This season was always going to be one that saw a huge churn of players with so many contracts set to expire in 2021. The majority have been extended, whilst three key players left the club in January.

A few players still only have a few months left on their contract and time is running out for them to win a new deal. Josh Ginnelly was with Hearts on loan this season, but an injury cut his campaign short. He is expected to return north of the border with them in the summer, ending his stay at Deepdale which only yielded a handful of appearances.

David Nugent also headed out on loan, and is currently with Tranmere Rovers in League Two, as they battle for promotion. His second spell with Preston will come to an end at this summer, with the club having been keen to move him on last year.

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For two other players, injuries have seriously hampered their chances of a contract renewal.

Billy Bodin and Louis Moult have both shown glimpses in their time here, that they are worthwhile squad players.

Bodin seems to have had countless injuries and was never able to have a sustained run in the side. He returned to action on Saturday against Luton Town for just his fourth appearance of the season. After joining from Bristol Rovers in January of 2018, he went on to miss the full 18-19 campaign, which was disappointing after a great display in a pre-season game against West Ham United.

He returned last season and had a few good games early on as part of a front three. The Welshman turned 29 on today, and it looks unlikely for him to get another contract to extend his three-and-a-half-year stay at the club.

Alex Neil knew what Bodin could bring to the side, but a new manager is unlikely to give him another chance, rather wishing to get him off the books to make space to bring his own players in.

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Unfortunately it will be a similar situation for Louis Moult. The striker returned to training recently with the side after a horrific time with injuries. The former Motherwell marksman was injured at the start of last season in August 2019. After over 18 months out, it will have been a very tough spell for Louis Moult.

As pointed out in the article on here last week, Moult has been the scorer of some very important goals for the club, providing memorable moments against Blackburn Rovers at home, and Nottingham Forest away.

Moult also turns 29 in a couple of months, and although there is clearly a very good striker in there, it is unlikely for a new manager to hand him a deal after such a long time out. He only had a very slim chance under Alex Neil, but at least he was his signing, and knew exactly the type of striker he was.

Bodin had a fair few chances and rarely delivered, whereas Moult was a bit of a fan favourite on and off the pitch. It will be a huge shame if his last game for the club was back in August 2019, and ended his North End career prematurely.

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