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Ex-Liverpool youngster Lewis Leigh makes Preston North End bench aged just 17

Preston lost 2-1 at Millwall on Tuesday night, throwing away a 1-0 lead at The Den to eventually fall.

Ched Evans smashed North End into the lead with a stunning left-footed volley, only for Scott Malone hit back with a screamer of his own.

Mason Bennett won it for the Lions, heading home a bouncing ball following indecision from Preston goalkeeper Daniel Iversen.

This wasn’t the result Alex Neil wanted after a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, and changes may come against Bournemouth this weekend.

There was one interesting name on the bench last night, as youngster Lewis Leigh was given a spot as a substitute.

Leigh only turned 17 in December, but did enough to impress Neil and get himself on the bench at Millwall.

The midfielder didn’t come on, but just being around the senior squad will have been great experience for him.

Leigh joined Preston at Under-14 level and did study in Ashton, but had a spell at Liverpool before joining North End.

When Liverpool let Leigh go, Preston swooped in – and he’s now on his way to becoming a part of the first-team squad at Deepdale.

With the likes of Aaron Bennett, Jacob Holland-Wilkinson, Joe Rodwell-Grant and Ethan Walker also emerging, there could be a bright future from the Preston youth setup.

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