Preston have decisions to make in goal, but it doesn’t look like one will be arriving this month.
Declan Rudd has played well this season, but is out of contract in the summer. Connor Ripley has struggled in limited appearances, whilst Michael Crowe and Mathew Hudson are also out of contract.
Preston will almost certainly be eyeing up potential targets to play between the sticks, but one player linked with the club won’t be arriving at Deepdale any time soon.
Earlier this month, the Sheffield Star backed up claims they made in November about Preston wanting Cameron Dawson, reporting that North End wanted to sign Dawson, but faced competition from Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Rangers.
The 24-year-old was scheduled to be out of contract this summer, meaning Preston could have been eyeing a bargain move. Dawson has shown real promise as Wednesday’s first-choice goalkeeper of late, but that made a move all the more difficult.
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Now, the Owls have confirmed that Dawson has signed a new contract, committing his future to the Hillsborough side until the summer of 2024.
That effectively takes Dawson off the market for the foreseeable future, meaning any chance of Preston signing him looks to be over.
Dawson’s priority was always to stay with his boyhood club, so it’s no great shock to see him sign this new deal, but it leaves Preston looking at other goalkeeping targets, with the situation between the sticks at Deepdale a little unclear.