Preston have left it late on Friday night to announce a big piece of news, as Daniel Johnson has signed a new deal to stay at Deepdale.

North End have had a busy couple of days, as Greg Cunningham rejoined the club before Ben Pearson and Darnell Fisher’s departures were confirmed today, with the pair joining Bournemouth and Middlesbrough respectively.

There has been some more positive news to head into the weekend though, as Johnson has decided to commit his future to the club.

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The 28-year-old was set to be a free agent at the end of the season, and many had lost hope of keeping him at Deepdale for the long-term.

However, Preston have now announced that Johnson has signed a new contract until the summer of 2023, meaning we have the Jamaican on board for the next two-and-a-half years.

Last season’s Player of the Year joins Alan Browne in committing his future to Preston, bolstering Alex Neil’s midfield ranks for years to come.

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The news ultimately means that Rangers have officially missed out, as Steven Gerrard’s men did launch a £1.5million bid for Johnson over the summer, which was rejected.

Football Insider reported earlier this month that Rangers still wanted Johnson, and were plotting a pre-contract agreement to sign him for free at the end of the season.

The Gers have now missed out though, with Johnson tied down until 2023 – a welcome boost after losing Pearson and Fisher today.

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