Preston North End have today confirmed a new arrival – but it’s an addition to Alex Neil’s coaching staff rather than a player.

The Lilywhites announced this morning that goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould has left the club, as he and his family are moving back to New Zealand.

Gould both started and ended his playing career in New Zealand, so he seemingly felt the time was right to return with the season now over.

Gould made a huge impact this season, helping Declan Rudd become arguably Preston’s most improved player.

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Mike Pollitt. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Not only did Preston announce that Gould is leaving Deepdale, but also that Mike Pollitt has been secured as his replacement.

Pollitt recently left his position as Bolton Wanderers’ goalkeeping coach, having previously held the same position at former clubs Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic.

A solid goalkeeper in his playing days with Rotherham and Wigan, the 48-year-old will now be charged with the task of coaching Rudd, Connor Ripley and Mathew Hudson.

Pollitt’s move has received the seal of approval from ex-North End goalkeeper David Lucas, as he branded the move for Pollitt a ‘great appointment’ as he is a ‘brilliant fella and coach’.

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