Preston North End midfielder John Welsh has played his last game for the club, as his contract will not be renewed for next season.

Welsh has cherished his time with the Lillywhites and claims he has made memories that will last a lifetime.

The midfielder has made 143 league appearances for North End since joining from Tranmere Rovers in 2012, scoring three goals.

However, the 34 year old won’t feature for Alex Neill’s side again.

In his final game for the club against Burton, he received a guard of honour and was also given a commemorative silver plate to mark his six year stint with the club.

Speaking to the club website, Welsh said “I’ve loved my time here, I’ve met so many great people, worked with them. I’ve had success here.

“It’s been a rollercoaster but I think at every football club it is and I don’t think I’d rather be at any other football club to go through those memories with.

“It’s a club that I joined as a player and I think from now until whenever, I will be a fan of this football club.”

Since his move too Deepdale, Welsh built up a strong relationship with the fanbase due to his tenacious and dogged style of play.

“Just a special word for the fans, the backing that we’ve received not only myself personally but as a team, as a football club, has been unbelievable, home and away.” He said.

“That’s the main thing for me – to say thank you to them. For all their backing that they’ve given me and the football club whilst I’ve been here. It has been humbling.”

Welsh’s future in football remains unclear, but he couldn’t have wished for a better send off from Deepdale.


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