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Blackburn-mad Joe Nolan opens up being axed by Preston last summer

Preston fans were left frustrated last summer when Tyrhys Dolan was controversially released at the end of his youth scholarship.

Dolan was let go despite starring for Preston at youth level, and to make matters worse, he ended up joining Blackburn Rovers.

The winger has become a first-team regular at Ewood Park, even scoring against Preston at Deepdale earlier this season.

Dolan wasn’t the only Preston talent to end up at Rovers though, as Joe Nolan also joined our Lancashire rivals having been let go by North End last season.

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Nolan ended up spending time with Runcorn Linnets before going on trial with Rovers, eventually earning a deal with the club.

The 19-year-old midfielder has impressed in Premier League 2, hitting four goals and one assist in just nine outings for Rovers.

His first-team debut has yet to arrive, but he has admitted to the Lancashire Telegraph that he is now loving life with his boyhood club.

Nolan noted that being let go by Preston was a blow, but he had a feeling it was coming and he just wanted to seize his chance with Rovers, leaving North End to reflect on allowing Dolan and Nolan to leave to such a big rival.

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“It was a bit of a blow really, it was during lockdown and I didn’t really know what was going to happen,” said Nolan. “I had a feeling it could happen, but I can’t hold it against them, it was just one of those things. They didn’t need me and I’ve come here and I’m doing well. I didn’t have any certainty, when I realised I was going to get a trial at Blackburn I knew that I was going to have to take it because it was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to come and play for my boyhood club.”

“I didn’t really feel pressure, just excitement. I just wanted to get back out there having not played for so long, but to sign, it was so enjoyable.”

“I’m really enjoying my time here, I’ve supported Blackburn all my life and it’s a dream come true to score for my boyhood club. I’m looking to play as many games as I can and play well, that’s what I want to do and try and keep pushing on. I want to keep adding more goals to my game and see where I end up, keep going,” he added.

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