Preston announce retained list: Barkhuizen gone as three players transfer-listed
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Preston announce retained list: Barkhuizen gone as three players transfer-listed

Preston North End have announced their retained list – and Tom Barkhuizen will be leaving the club after more than five years at Deepdale.

North End’s Championship season came to an end on Saturday with a 4-1 thumping of Middlesbrough.

The attention will quickly turn to incomings and outgoings, with this set to be a pivotal summer for Preston.

Ryan Lowe needs to be given the chance to overhaul his squad and the exodus has already started.

Scott Sinclair confirmed his own exit over the weekend and that has now been announced by Preston too.

Goalkeepers Connor Ripley, Oliver Lombard and Mathew Hudson, full back Joe Rafferty, defender Paul Huntington and playmaker Izzy Brown have all been released.

The same goes for youth products Ethan Walker, Jack Baxter, Jacob Holland-Wilkinson and Joe Rodwell-Grant, who have all been let go.

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The big departure is Tom Barkhuizen, who leaves the club after racking up more than 200 appearances for North End.

Snapped up from Morecambe back in 2017, Barkhuzien has been a regular at Preston for years now but injuries have been too common this season.

Lowe has decided to move on, meaning Barkhuizen’s last appearance for Preston came in January.

North End have also confirmed that three players have been transfer-listed.

Ex-Manchester United pair Josh Harrop and Matthew Olosunde have both been made available after failing to live up to their potential.

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Harrop arrived for around £650,000 in 2017 and looked to be a superb capture after showing promise at United.

An injury in 2018 set Harrop back and loan spells to Ipswich Town and Fleetwood Town haven’t helped him.

Preston are now willing to sell Harrop and the same goes for Olosunde, who only joined North End last summer.

Olosunde joined on a free transfer from Rotherham United last summer but made just two first-team appearances for North End.

Again, injuries were a problem and after just one appearance under Lowe, he was de-registered from the Preston squad.

The third player being allowed to go is midfielder Tom Bayliss, who cost Preston £1.2million from Coventry City back in 2019.

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A quite remarkable stat is that Bayliss only ever started one Championship game for Preston. Quite simply, we’ve barely seen him in a Preston shirt.

After winning promotion on loan with Wigan Athletic this season, Bayliss will now be available permanently.

Should those three go alongside 13 releases and four loan players returning to their parent clubs, that will be 20 players departing North End this summer.

That’s a big overhaul but there is one out-of-contract player who could stay, with Preston confirming talks are ongoing with Bambo Diaby over a new deal.

Diaby joined on a free transfer in January after two years out of the game with a doping ban but showed promise for the future.

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