The Lancashire Evening Post reports that Preston North End are not about to re-sign former goalkeeper Andy Lonergan. The 33-year-old has been told that he is no longer wanted by Championship rivals Wolves and is available for transfer this summer.
Lonergan, who was born in Preston, had been linked with an emotional return to Deepdale in recent media reports. Whilst the Lilywhites are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper, they aren’t expected to make their move for their former player.
Chris Maxwell was the undisputed first choice under Simon Grayson last season. So much so, ex-Man Utd keeper Anders Lindegaard was practically confined to the bench for the entire season and subsequently left at the end of the season. Lonergan would provide an experienced back-up but Grayson is said to be focusing his interest elsewhere, possibly Norwich City’s Declan Rudd.
Nuno Espirito Santo was hired as the new Wolves head coach recently and is likely to introduce a flurry of new faces into Molineux this summer. Possibly another goalkeeper could be included, meaning Lonergan faces the prospect of slipping further down the pecking order. It would appear he too is on the lookout for a new club, most likely at Sky Bet Championship level. He is certainly proven and vastly experienced in this league, but possibly may be open to dropping down a division if regular football can be assured. Lonergan has also played for the likes of Leeds and Bolton Wanderers in a lengthy playing career to date.