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Preston North End FC Player Profiles

Posted 17th July 2012 at 06:27 am

Defender Bailey Wright became a regular fixture in the North End backline in the 2011/12 season and hasn't looked back since.

The Australian, who can operate at centre half or left back, is a product of the Club’s Academy setup and showed his capabilities from an early stage at senior level. 

Putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year contract in December 2010, Wright made his league debut against Norwich City at Carrow Road in March 2011, following a cup appearance against Stockport County the previous August.  

At the back end of the 2011/12 campaign, Wright started North End’s last 12 games of the season, scoring a memorable equaliser in the final moments against MK Dons at Deepdale on Sir Tom Finney Day.

Then, in 2012/13, the Australian continued his good form, making 41 appearances and scoring twice.

Wright grew into one of the squad's leaders under Simon Grayson during the 2013/14 campaign. 

The defender made 51 appearances, scored four goals and marked his 100th game for the Lilywhites by wearing the captain’s armband.

His impressive form led to a call-up for Australia's 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup although he did not feature in Brazil as the Socceroos were knocked out in the group stages of the competition.

Wright eventually made his international debut against Saudi Arabia at Craven Cottage in September 2014, marking his first cap with the winning goal in a 3-2 victory.

After an injury plagued first half of the campaign, Wright’s season went from strength to strength, making 33 appearances for PNE as the club secured promotion to the Championship. 

A one year option on Wright’s current deal was activated ahead of the 2015/16 season as Wright looked to test himself in the Championship for the first time. 

It was a successful campaign for the Aussie who racked up 42 appearances in all competitions as North End finished the season in 11th place in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Career History