Preston fans were left disappointed a couple of weeks ago, as North End allowed a whole host of second-year scholars to leave the club.
Ethan Walker was the only second-year scholar to land a professional deal, meaning the likes of Jimmy Corcoran and Brian McManus left the club. Tyrhys Dolan also moved on, joining Blackburn Rovers.
Today, Preston have announced a new influx of first-year scholars for next season. Some names in the list may be familiar, with Welsh playmaker Aaron Bennett tipped for big things at Deepdale.
Some have been at the club a while. Defenders Teddy Mfuni and Joe Blanchard joined Preston at Under-14 level, whilst Dana De Oliveira Amaral has been with Preston since Under-12 level.
Midfielders Levi Lewis and Lewis Leigh have signed their terms, as has attacker Mikey O’Neil after a long-standing relationship with North End.
There are a few arrivals; ex-Birmingham City goalkeeper Declyn Duggan arrived from the Blues earlier this year and has now signed on as a scholar, whilst versatile ex-Blackburn Rovers attacker Vaughn Green also joins.
North End also confirmed the arrival of Irish defender Harry Nevin. The 16-year-old is highly-regarded at Cork City, who have also confirmed Nevin’s move.
“Harry has done very well in the time he has been with our academy. There has been a long-standing interest in him from Preston and he has been over to them a few times,” said Cork Head of Academy Colin Healy. “With the way he has performed over the last eighteen months or so, both for us and at international level, that interest has only intensified. We wish Harry the very best of luck for the future,” he added.
A right back or centre back, the former Douglas Hall talent now heads to Deepdale, and will hope to emulate fellow former Cork youngster Alan Browne by becoming a first-team player at Preston.
Nevin seems to have been a long-term target for North End, and they’ve finally got their man.