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Preston loanee suffers nightmare own goal as Gary Neville soon faces transfer decision

Preston have sent goalkeeper Connor Ripley off on loan to Salford City, and he endured a nightmare Saturday afternoon with a late own goal.

North End didn’t name Ripley in their 25-man Championship squad with no chance of him featuring in Frankie McAvoy’s side.

Daniel Iversen and Declan Rudd are both quality goalkeepers, meaning Ripley just has no way of playing for North End.

Preston allowed Ripley to join Salford last month, sanctioning a one-week emergency loan deal after an injury to Tom King.

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The move was extended by another week, meaning Ripley was able to start against Exeter City this past weekend.

Salford were drawing 1-1 with the Grecians as Tom Elliott appeared to have won them a point with a 79th minute strike.

Jake Caprice took a shot in the last seconds of the game, with his effort hitting the post. The ball ricocheted back off Ripley and into the net, meaning it goes down as a Ripley own goal.

Preston fans may not think all that highly of Ripley, but it sounds like he has been faring well with Salford before that piece of rotten luck.

Ripley is out of contract at the end of the season and won’t be staying at Preston.

Director of football Chris Casper may decide Ripley’s future, but Gary Neville could be key to any hopes Ripley has of landing a long-term deal with Salford.

We have seen clips in the past of Neville negotiating transfers for Salford, most notably the signing of ex-Preston captain Tom Clarke.

Ripley doesn’t have much time to make a lasting impression on Neville, but the Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit could soon decide Ripley’s long-term future with the Ammies as North End prepare to let him go in 2022.

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