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Jamie Thomas Earns Contract After Impressive Trial

5 August 2021

Preston North End have completed the signing of Jamie Thomas after a trial spell with the Lilywhites.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has agreed a one-year contract at PNE, with the club having an option to extend by a further year.

The former Welsh U19 international came through Bolton Wanderers’ Academy, before two years at Premier League side Burnley.

During pre-season he impressed when playing against North End for Bamber Bridge, before being invited in on trial, scoring against Accrington Stanley and starting the game at Wigan Athletic last Friday night.

Having taken the No.40 shirt at Deepdale, Jamie said he was thankful to have a second chance in the game and wanted to take the opportunity he has been given.

He said: “I’m very thankful to this club for seeing something in me, having the faith to sign me. I’m just looking forward to getting the ball rolling, getting cracking, getting my head down and working hard.

“I wasn’t expecting it, but I feel like I’ve coped with it well. The lads have been brilliant with me, they’ve all been very welcoming.

“It’s probably been the best two weeks of my footballing career so far.”

Head coach Frankie McAvoy was also pleased to have added another option to his squad and he's excited at what he believes the attacker can bring to the group.

“When he has been in here, he has performed, he does not look out of place one bit," said Frankie.

"I am delighted with him; I am delighted the club have given him an opportunity and a chance and hopefully he can kick on and do well.

“We put him in for 45 minutes against Accrington and I thought he performed well, scored the goal and hits the box well. Against Wigan, again, I thought he did well.

“I thought he started a wee bit safe, but he sees a forward pass, he gets round about the goals, he has got a strike on him that is excellent and he is a threat.”

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