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Trio Commit To Preston North End

27 October 2020

Josh Earl, Andrew Hughes and Adam O’Reilly have all signed new contracts with Preston North End.

Earl, 22, has agreed a new deal that runs until the summer of 2023, as has Irish midfielder Adam O’Reilly.

Left back Hughes has signed a contract that runs until the summer of 2022. All three would have been out of contract at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Earl came through the Lilywhites Academy and has been with the club for over ten years, breaking into the first team as an 18-year-old in August 2017 and has so far made 37 appearances, as well as having loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town.

O’Reilly signed for the Academy aged 16 from his native Cork, in Ireland, and made his debut in December 2018 at home to Aston Villa; going out on loan to Bamber Bridge last week, scoring on his debut at the weekend.

Welshman Hughes, 28, was signed in the summer of 2018 from Peterborough United, and has gone on to make 70 appearances, scoring four goals so far.

Speaking about the latest trio to put pen to paper with the club, manager Alex Neil said: “They are all at different stages of their careers. We have had a lot players running into their last year and it was important we dealt with that.

“Adam has gone out on loan and Josh spent last year out on loan, and these will be good experiences for the both of them and Andrew, when he has been fit, he has been a virtual ever present for us.

“For different reasons, it is good business for us to get them tied down and let’s hope the younger lads can flourish – Adam can get experience; Josh can force his way into the squad and the team and Hughesy can try and continue the path that he is on.”

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