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Preston North End To Re-Sign David Nugent

17 July 2019

Preston North End have agreed a deal to re-sign striker David Nugent, who has put pen to paper on a deal from 1st August.

The Liverpool-born forward, who originally arrived at Deepdale from Bury in January 2005, has gone on to have a stellar career in the Premier League and Championship, scoring over 160 goals.

His first spell saw him score 37 goals in 95 starts leading to a move to then Premier League Portsmouth for what was then a club record fee.

He had a four-year spell with Leicester City that saw him score a goal every three games in 180 appearances and most recently was part of the Derby County squad under Frank Lampard that reached the Play-Off Final in May.

Nuge, who will take the No.35 shirt he first wore when he initially joined the Lilywhites from the Shakers, has been undergoing rehabilitation for an injury he picked up in the first leg of the Play-Offs, but will work with the North End physios ready for a return to action in the coming weeks and will complete his deal in time for the new season.

Speaking about his return, the 34-year-old said: “I’m delighted to be back. It’s been a long time since I left the club, we came so close to getting promoted twice and hopefully I can come back and it can be third time lucky and try and get this club to the Premier League.

“I might be 34, but I still have plenty of running in my legs. I might have to prove that on the pitch if selected by the manager. I have not just come here to take anyone’s place in the team, I have come to be part of a team and help the lads achieve what they want to achieve.

“It’s a young bunch who are hungry to get to the Premier League. Hopefully the likes of Gally [Paul Gallagher], myself and some of the older pros, can help the young lads through it.”

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