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Tom Bayliss Joins Preston North End

2 August 2019

Preston North End have completed the signing of midfielder Tom Bayliss from Coventry City on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal at Deepdale which runs until at least the summer of 2023.

Bayliss, who has come through the Academy at Coventry, is a highly-rated midfielder and North End have fought off competition from a number of clubs for his signature.

In his first season as professional with the Sky Blues, Bayliss made 30 starts and he helped Coventry win promotion to League One. He then went on to make 41 appearances the following year during the 2018/19 League One campaign.

Speaking after completing the deal, Tom said: "As soon as I heard about the interest I couldn't wait to get here and get the deal done and meet the gaffer and I can't wait to get started now.

"The sheer size of the stadium as we pulled on to the car park, it's massive. It's a massive club and I just can't wait to show what I can do now.

"The gaffer knows what qualities I've got and he thinks he can hone in on those skills and make me a better player and be able to play week in, week out at this level.”

On his fourth signing of the summer, manager Alex Neil added: “He is a young lad who has got huge talent. In League Two he got promoted and in League One he had a very good season and we are hoping to continue his development.

"He is one of those lads that can play in a variety of different positions in the middle. He's got good legs, good use of the ball and we think he is going to be a real prospect for the future.

"As long as we provide enough experience for the lads throughout the spine of the team, I think our main objective will also be to get younger players, develop them and bring the best out of them. That has been a successful model for the club and that is something we will continue."

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