Preston’s decision to release Tyrhys Dolan last week left many bemused – and those fans certainly won’t be impressed now.
Dolan, 18, had shown promise in the North End ranks. A diminutive playmaker with skill and creativity, Dolan had played out wide, as a number 10 and even in attack for Preston’s youth team, earning plaudits along the way.
Many expected Dolan to be given a professional deal at the end of his scholarship, but that didn’t happen. Ethan Walker was the only second year scholar to earn a pro deal, meaning Dolan was released.
Fans were confused as to why North End let such a promising young player leave the club for nothing, and his new move will leave many frustrated and even angry.
✍️ #Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of Tyrhys Dolan on a two-year deal following his release from Preston North End.
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— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) July 1, 2020
Local rivals Blackburn Rovers have today confirmed the signing of Dolan. The teenager has signed a two-year professional deal at Ewood Park, meaning he will be part of Tony Mowbray’s squad next season.
Preston must now hope that Dolan doesn’t become a star with Rovers, as they would be left with egg on their face if he emerges as a real talent down the road.
The move sees Dolan join up with ex-Preston defender Ryan Kidd, who is a youth team coach at Rovers and allegedly played a key role in his move.
Formerly of Burnley, Dolan returns to East Lancashire with Rovers, and will no doubt hope to prove North End wrong for letting him go.