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.


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.

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