Scott Sinclair has been without a club since leaving Preston North End in the summer.

His two-and-a-half-year spell with the club fizzled out last season as he didn’t fit into the 3-5-2 formation adopted by Frankie McAvoy and Ryan Lowe; Sinclair is not a wing-back and didn’t quite work as a striker.

It wasn’t a surprise to see him leave the club following the expiration of his contract but it is a surprise that in the middle of September he is still without a club. 

Now 33, the former Celtic player has returned to one of his other former clubs for some training to keep himself fit in the hope another contract elsewhere is around the corner.

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Sinclair has posted a picture of himself training with Chelsea, one of the first club’s of his career. He joined Chelsea in 2005 as a 16 year-old but opportunities to play in the first team were hard to come by.

Sinclair had six loan spells away from Stanford Bridge before eventually leaving to join Swansea City permanently. It was in Wales where his career kicked on before later playing for Manchester City, Celtic and of course Preston North End. 

Sinclair won’t be able to demand wages he has seen previously in his career but he can certainly still do a job in the Championship, League One or even back in the Scottish Premier League.

Sinclair’s fitness was never really an issue at Preston and he was our top scorer in the season played behind closed doors.

The pandemic limited the chances Preston fans had to see Sinclair in action, but at the time of his signing in January 2020 under Alex Neil, it was quite a statement from the club. 

It didn’t work out as planned but for us to sign such a high profile player is a rarity.

Every team needs that type of player who can produce something out of nowhere. Although it didn’t happen as often as we would have liked for Sinclair, I’m sure he still has plenty to give in the remainder of his career. 

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Josh McLoughlin
Josh McLoughlin

Combining my two passions of North End and writing. First game - 0-0 v Bristol Rovers 1996 Favourite player - Mark Rankine Favourite goal - Scott Laird v Manchester United

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