Youl Mawene was an iconic player during the mid noughties, part of a great team, particularly under Billy Davies.
The Frenchman made close to 200 appearances for North End, winning Player of the Year in his first season, and helping the club to two play-off campaigns in 2005 and 2006.
Mawene settled in Lancashire and is now part of the backroom staff at Salford City after a number of years at Fleetwood Town.
Football clearly runs in the family though as his son Noah has been impressing in the Preston North End Academy.
Captain of the Under 18’s at numerous stages last season, Noah Mawene regularly found the back of the net despite being a midfielder.
The 16-year-old has signed a two-year scholarship with the youth team whilst also committing to a professional contract when he turns 17.
Speaking to the official club website Youl said “We’re really proud. We’ve got a long association with the club, a really strong bond and special connection with the fans and people here, so it’s just a proud moment.”
There are high hopes for Noah along with other youth prospects coming through such as Josh Seary who has signed a similar deal to Mawene. Hopefully we see a few break into the team in the next season after limited progression from the youth set-up in recent times.
To see another Mawene at Deepdale would be great to see and will also make a few fans feel their age watching a fairly recent fan favourite’s son coming through the ranks.