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Summer Transfer Window Round Up

1 September 2017

It's been a successful summer for North End in the transfer market with six players coming through the door at Deepdale.

Three players went the other way, with Stevie May and Liam Grimshaw departing the club on a permanent basis, and Eoin Doyle moving to Oldham Athletic on loan.

Despite interest in a number of first team players, the squad has been kept together as Alex Neil looks to build on a successful first month in charge of PNE.

The club have turned down a significant number of large bids for first team stars this window, with North End keeping hold of all of their key players for the season ahead.

Below is a closer look at the comings and goings at Deepdale this summer.


1 Declan Rudd - Goalkeeper

Goalkeeper Declan Rudd made his return to Deepdale this summer after two previous loan spells at the club. The 'keeper signed a three-year deal with North End and was brought in to battle with Chris Maxwell for the number one spot. Rudd looks set to return to manager Alex Neil’s plans after the international break after a fortnight back in training after a thigh injury.

10 Josh Harrop - Midfielder

Midfielder Josh Harrop turned down a new deal at Manchester United to sign a four-year deal at Deepdale on 3rd July. The two sides came to a significant undisclosed compensation agreement, with Harrop turning down a new deal with the Premier League giant, but being under the age of 24, meaning they were entitled to a fee. Harrop scored on his first team debut for Jose Mourniho's side at the end of last season against Crystal Palace.

14 Darnell Fisher - Defender

Darnell Fisher was manager Alex Neil's first signing as PNE boss after securing the defender on a three-year deal. Fisher completed the move from Rotherham United for an undisclosed fee on 26th July, taking the No.14 shirt at Deepdale. The right back has already become a regular in the first team, starting the first five league games of the season, contributing to four clean sheets in those games, with just one goal conceded from the penalty spot in the league.

24 Sean Maguire - Forward

Hot prospect Sean Maguire agreed a deal with PNE on 5th June, before completing his move on 24th July after helping Cork City to top of the table in the League of Ireland. Maguire was in fine form for the Irish side, and continued his goalscoring form on his first outing at Deepdale, scoring against Burnley in a pre-season friendly. Though he is yet to find the net in the league, Maguire has been superb so far this season and will be looking to get off the mark after the international break, having been on standby for the Irish squad for the first time.

25 Kevin O'Connor - Defender

Kevin O'Connor joined Cork City team-mate Sean Maguire at Deepdale on 24th July, adding to the growing Irish contingent at the club by signing a three-year deal. With plenty of competition at left back, O'Connor has made just one start so far this season in the Carabao Cup against Accrington Stanley, but he will be aiming to force his way into the side during the remainder of the season.

27 Stephy Mavididi - Forward 

Attacker Stephy Mavididi joined North End on a season-long loan from Arsenal on 4th August. The England U20 international has impressed at youth level for the Gunners and is ready for the challenge of the Championship. Mavididi made his PNE debut against Accrington Stanley in the Carabao Cup and has impressed off the bench in the league so far. During the international break, Mavididi scored on his England U20 debut in a 3-0 win over the Netherlands.


Eoin Doyle - Forward

Eoin Doyle joined Oldham Athletic on loan until January on deadline day. The Irish striker, who is yet to make an appearance for the Lilywhites this campaign, completed the deal with the Boundary Park club before the closure of the transfer window. The move gives the 29-year-old an opportunity to get game time, with John Sheridan’s side at home to Charlton Athletic this weekend.

Liam Grimshaw - Midfielder

Preston North End agreed a mutual cancellation of Liam Grimshaw's contract with the club on deadline day. This season Grimshaw featured in the Carabao Cup tie at Accrington Stanley, but the club agreed to cancel his deal, which would have been up at the end of the season, to allow him to find a new team that could give him the game time needed. Since his departure, Grimshaw secured a deal with Scottish side Motherwell.

Stevie May - Forward

Striker Stevie May made the switch back to Scotland last month, completing a move to Aberdeen for an undisclosed fee on 10th August. May signed a four-year contract with the Dons, moving back to his native Scotland. The former PNE No.21 unfortunately suffered a knee injury just two months into his spell at Deepdale in 2015, only returning to the first team set up towards the end of last season. However, he scored a superb goal in the final home game of the season against Rotherham United, his only goal in 13 appearances in a PNE shirt, limited by his time out of the game.

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