Preston have confirmed the departure of young striker Joe Rodwell-Grant as he potentially hopes for a move to Wigan Athletic.
North End announced their retained list on Monday and it’s clear that the overhaul under Ryan Lowe has really started now.
Four loanees have gone, three players have been transfer listed and 13 players have been released. That’s 20 expected departures and possibly more to come.
One of those to be released on Monday was striker Rodwell-Grant, joining fellow youngsters like Jack baxter, Oliver Lombard and Ethan Walker in leaving Preston.
This is a disappointment for some Preston fans, who saw Rodwell-Grant show some promise in pre-season last summer.
Rodwell-Grant scored a lovely goal against Wigan Athletic but hasn’t been able to kick on at Preston.
First-team action was hard to come by and he headed into non-league with loan spells at Bamber Bridge and Lancaster City.
Preston have now decided to let the 19-year-old leave on a free transfer – and he has reacted on social media.
Rodwell-Grant has taken to Twitter to admit he is grateful for the opportunities Preston have given him.
Having been with Preston since the age of 11, it’s clear that Rodwell-Grant’s exit is an emotional one.
Rodwell-Grant may not be without a club for long though.
We reported last week that Wigan had taken Rodwell-Grant on trial as he started in an Under-23 game against Queens Park Rangers.
North End confirming Rodwell-Grant’s exit means he is free to move on and Wigan could strike with a permanent deal.