Preston have today confirmed that striker Connor Wikcham has left the club after the expiration of his short-term contract.
North End took Wickham on trial back in August after the experienced striker was released by Crystal Palace.
After impressing in training, Wickham was given a short-term deal at North End, joining on September 13th on a deal until January 13th.
We have now hit that date and Preston have confirmed that Wickham has gone, so how did it come to this point?
Wickham managed just two appearances for Preston’s first team.
The first was a 25-minute cameo against West Bromwich Albion in September, just days after signing his contract.
Three days later, Wickham started against Cheltenham Town in the Carabao Cup but suffered a major hamstring injury.
Sadly, injuries had once again hit Wickham. Throughout his career, Wickham has dealt with injury blow after injury blow, stunting his progress.
Just seven minutes into his full Preston debut, it had happened again. Wickham faced months on the sidelines at North End, and it turns out he would never play for the club again.
New boss Ryan Lowe will have had a say in the matter, deciding to release striker Wickham this morning.
Wickham wasn’t a huge earner at Deepdale, but Preston may end up looking to bring in a new striker to bolster Lowe’s ranks.
Today’s decision was largely expected due to Wickham’s well-documented injury problems, though it’s a real shame that we never got to see Wickham at his best.
The 28-year-old now becomes a free agent once again, and will be hoping to find another club and avoid injury issues down the line.