Preston North End have given young striker Finlay Cross-Adair a first professional contract until the summer of 2025.

What a few days it has been for North End.

Liam Lindsay and Ryan Ledson both signed new contract last week and PNE then went and smashed Blackburn Rovers 4-1 on Saturday.

There is more great news today as teenager Cross-Adair has signed a first professional deal.

A boyhood PNE fan, Cross-Adair has really come onto the radar this season.


Ryan Lowe called Cross-Adair up to the matchday squad for the 2-0 home defeat to Stoke City in October, handing him a senior debut.

Cross-Adair had to wait a couple of months for his next appearance, coming on late in the game against Blackburn on Saturday.

As somebody who bleeds North End, Cross-Adair will have loved being on the pitch for an absolute trouncing of our local rivals.

Lowe, a former striker himself, clearly sees something in Cross-Adair and we will surely see more of him in the first team soon.

The 17-year-old first joined PNE at the age of just 10 and this new deal will take him to a decade as a North End player.

The news has been welcomed by North End fans who are really pulling for Cross-Adair to become a first-team regular in the coming years.

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Boss Lowe shares that excitement and is expecting big things from Cross-Adair moving forward.

Lowe told PNE’s official website that he feels Cross-Adair has been ‘a breath of fresh air’ in first-team training and hailed his ‘fantastic’ attitude and application – two things that are very important to Lowe.

Lowe added a prediction, stating that Cross-Adair is ‘going to be a real asset’ for PNE in the coming years and he loves the young talent coming through the North End ranks.

“Since Finlay’s been up with the first team he’s been a breath of fresh air,” said Lowe. “He hasn’t looked out of place one bit. His attitude and his application has been fantastic. He’s definitely warranted a pro contract with the goals he’s been scoring with the youth team, the goals he scores when he’s up here, and he’s been in and around the first team on a couple of occasions in terms of the games.”

“I’m really pleased we’ve tied him down because he’s going to be a real asset for the football club. We’ve got some good, talented young players here at Preston North End at the moment. That’s what we want, we’re always building for the future because it’s so important,” he added.

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