When Preston were linked with Ben Heneghan over the summer, we suggested that it just didn’t make sense.
Sky Sports reported back in July that North End were leading the race for Heneghan, with Millwall also keen.
Sheffield United had released Heneghan, but outside of him being cheap and British, he didn’t really fit the Preston bill.
The 27-year-old is a huge presence at 6ft 3in tall, but Preston have defenders like that in Patrick Bauer and Paul Huntington.
Adding another centre back in that mould just wouldn’t make sense for North End, and it was no great surprise that no move materialised.
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Maybe Heneghan was a name Preston were considering in case of exits, and they just didn’t happen – but either way, Heneghan remains a free agent.
Millwall didn’t sign him, and Blackpool haven’t returned for him despite two strong seasons on loan at Bloomfield Road.
Now, The Sun’s Alan Nixon reports that Heneghan could end up at Oxford United, having been training at Wigan Athletic recently.
Wigan don’t have space to sign him, so Oxford may now lure him to the Kassam Stadium on a free transfer.
That would take him off the Preston list once and for all, if he was ever on it, with the rumours seeming more like agent talk than any real pursuit from North End.