According to Sky Sports (18:37), Preston North End are challenging Millwall for the signing of Ben Heneghan.

It’s claimed that North End and Millwall are ‘leading the chase’ for Heneghan, who is now a free agent.

The centre back has been released by Sheffield United, meaning he can sign for absolutely nothing now.

Heneghan is no stranger to Lancashire, as he just spent two seasons on loan with our bitter rivals Blackpool.

Blackpool v Shrewsbury Town - Sky Bet League One
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Daniel Udoh of Shrewsbury Town and Ben Heneghan of Blackpool during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Shrewsbury Town at Bloomfield Road on December 21, 2019 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Heneghan racked up 80 appearances for the Tangerines, impressing in League One before his Blades contract expired.

The 26-year-old – formerly of Everton and Stoke City – impressed with Chester and Motherwell, earning his 2018 move to Sheffield United, which didn’t really go to plan.

A tall and physical presence at 6ft 3in tall, Heneghan may feel that it’s time to test himself in the Championship, and he would be a decent punt for free.

Preston have lost Tom Clarke, and Heneghan would be bargain competition for Patrick Bauer, Ben Davies, Paul Huntington and Jordan Storey.

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 15: Blackpool’s Ben Heneghan is sent off for a foul during the first half during the Sky Bet League One match between Bristol Rovers and Blackpool at Memorial Stadium on February 15, 2020 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Ian Cook – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Davies may be on the way out, though another tall and aerially-dominant centre back – like Bauer and Huntington – would be a surprise.

If Davies goes, a mobile, ball-playing defender would be ideal to compete with Storey, and Heneghan – another right-footed centre back – doesn’t really fit that bill.

Still, the Manchester-born defender is worth having a look at given his free agent status, and staying in Lancashire could be very appealing to him after two years at Blackpool.

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