Preston have endured a fairly quiet summer so far – and that’s not necessarily the worst thing.
North End have yet to bring in any new signings, but also haven’t lost any key players, with the likes of Ben Davies and Ben Pearson still at the club.
However, one decision did frustrate fans earlier this summer, and that was the release of teenage playmaker Tyrhys Dolan.
The 18-year-old former Burnley and Manchester City talent impressed in Preston’s youth setup, thriving for the Under-18 side.
Preston surprisingly chose not to give Dolan a professional contract though, and Blackburn swooped in to sign him on a two-year deal.
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Fans were already annoyed at the release of Dolan, a quick and creative number 10 who can also operate out wide or up front despite his diminutive frame, but seeing him head down the road to rivals Rovers was particularly galling.
On Saturday, Dolan made his Rovers debut as he came on as a substitute against Fleetwood Town, helping Rovers to a 4-1 win.
Dolan picked up an assist, making a driving run down the right flank before crossing for Adam Armstrong to score – and Rovers fans are understandably excited.
Supporters took to Twitter to suggest that Dolan was ‘class’ and ‘dangerous’ whilst backing him for more first-team football, believing that Preston’s loss is truly Rovers’ gain.