Daniel Iversen is unlikely to return to Preston with Peter Ridsdale confirming what many of us expected about his future.
North End pounced to sign Iversen on loan from Leicester City in January 2021 following an injury to Declan Rudd.
Iversen had been on Preston’s radar for a while but a move made perfect sense back then.
Iversen’s former Rotherham United goalkeeping coach Mike Pollitt was at Preston and the Dane had been struggling for playing time on loan at OH Leuven.
Preston were so impressed with Iversen that his six-month loan became an 18-month stay.
Iversen became North End’s Player of the Year this season, turning in some quite astonishing displays between the sticks.
Sadly though, just like Jordan Pickford and Sam Johnstone before him, Iversen has to head back to his parent club with Preston unable to afford a permanent deal.
Daniel Iversen is unlikely to return to Preston
Iversen’s return to Leicester leaves Preston in a real dire situation.
Declan Rudd has retired whilst four goalkeepers – Connor Ripley, Mathew Hudson, Oliver Lombard and Declyn Duggan – have all been released.
Preston need one, two or maybe even three goalkeepers this summer.
Fans still hope that Iversen will end up returning this summer whether that’s on loan or permanently.
Yet with Championship rivals Middlesbrough now interested too, it seems very, very unlikely.
That’s the view of North End director Peter Ridsdale, who spoke about a whole host of issues on Tuesday.
Ridsdale told North End’s official website that he thinks the odds of Iversen re-joining Preston are ‘slim’.
Ridsdale noted that Iversen will now either settle down with Leicester or head permanently for first-team action, most likely for a fee beyond what Preston can afford.
“I think if we’re honest with each other, the odds of Daniel Iversen coming back I would have thought are slim,” said Ridsdale. “We’ve had him for 18 months, he’s done outstandingly well and my guess is he will either stay within the Leicester fold or look for a permanent move somewhere,” he added.