Preston North End advisor Peter Ridsdale has told Lancs Live that one new contract at the club should be done very quickly.
North End are in action against Bournemouth tonight, seeking to halt a run of two straight defeats; and both were heavy defeats at that.
Preston’s season is being somewhat affected by contract uncertainty, as four key players can leave for absolutely nothing at the end of the season.
Ben Davies, Ben Pearson, Alan Browne and Daniel Johnson can all walk away for nothing at the end of the season, and losing even one of them would be a huge blow, never mind potentially all four.
Ridsdale has now commented on the situation, admitting that all four have been given ‘substantial’ contract offers in recent weeks that are far beyond their current deals.
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Ridsdale did though hint that one other player has been offered new terms too, and he expects that deal to be done in the very near future.
“We’ve signed a lot of players who were out of contract at the end of this season to extended deals and have offered five (other) deals to players out of contract,” said Ridsdale. “And I expect one to be done very quickly – with the four everybody is jumping up and shouting about, we have made substantial offers in the last few weeks beyond their current earning,” he added.
So who could it be? The biggest name out of contract outside of ‘the big four’ is Darnell Fisher, and it would be great to see him sign an extension having been such a key player for Alex Neil over the last three years.
David Nugent won’t be given a new deal, and neither will Graham Burke. Josh Ginnelly’s Preston career seems to be over, whilst Louis Moult and Billy Bodin have injury problems that could prevent them from landing extensions.
Paul Gallagher usually signs deals nearer to expiration, so Fisher or Paul Huntington make sense as the mystery player, especially with the Lancashire Evening Post now claiming that Huntington has now been offered fresh terms.