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New contract for long-serving Preston midfielder

Preston North End midfielder John Welsh has signed a new contract with the Sky Bet Championship club. The 32-year-old has extended his deal at Deepdale until the end of the 2017/18 season. The former Liverpool youngster has playing his football with the Lilywhites since signing on a free transfer in 2012.

Welsh has played eight games in both league and cup for Simon Grayson’s men this season, most recently in the weekend draw at Brighton & Hove Albion. He collected an injury in that game, which is set to force him to miss out on their upcoming matches for the next few weeks.

The hard-tackling midfielder is closing in on 400 career appearances, playing over 150 of them in the white of Preston. He expressed his delight at extending his stay at the club, saying it was an easy decision,

“I’m delighted. I’ve enjoyed every minute since I signed here and to extend it by another year is really exciting.
“There’s no other place you would want to come in day to day and work. We have a great management, great staff, a great bunch of lads and I enjoy working with everyone at the stadium so there’s no better place to play and to work.”
His manager, Grayson, says that Welsh has earned his new contract and the club captain is the ultimate professional who still continues to be a key player in the squad,
“John has been a fantastic member of the squad since I have been here. It shows what sort of professional he is that in the early part of the season he wasn’t even in the 18 and then before you know it he is in the starting 11 and doing a fantastic job.
“This is a contract he has deserved because of his loyalty to the football club and what he does, both on and off the pitch. He is still the club captain – along with Tom Clarke – and I am really pleased with the job that he has done. People like John can’t be underestimated because of the jobs they do both on and off the pitch.”
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