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PNE reveal Connor Wickham's squad number as striker officially signs

Preston North End have today confirmed the signing of striker Connor Wickham, handing him a contract until January 2022.

PNE first took Wickham on trial in August. Wickham attended the 1-0 home win over Peterborough United and has been with the club since.

Wickham started against Walsall Reserves last week, having a penalty saved in a 1-1 draw.

That didn’t deter PNE though, as they have now given the experienced striker a four-month contract.

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Details of Wickham’s PNE move

PNE will give Wickham until January to get fir and firing, with the hope that he can shine and pen a longer-term deal.

Of course, the risk is that Wickham stars and then goes elsewhere for free in January.

Wickham has now been given the number 21 shirt at Deepdale – the same number he wore at Crystal Palace.

Maybe that’s why Ali McCann took number 13 after all!

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Wickham’s history

Wickham was a hot prospect at Ipswich Town. Sunderland swooped in 2011, paying £8million rising to £12million.

After four mixed years on Wearside, Wickham joined Crystal Palace for £8million in 2015.

In 120 Premier League outings for Sunderland and Palace, Wickham managed 19 goals.

Injuries have been Wickham’s biggest problem, and he didn’t make a senior appearance at all last season.

PNE will now hope to get the best out of Wickham in the coming months, bolstering Frankie McAvoy’s squad in the process.

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