Preston North End are delighted to confirm Patrick Bauer has signed a new contract at the club until at least 2024.
The German defender’s current deal was due to expire in the summer, but he will now stay on at Deepdale for at least the next two and a half years.
Since his arrival in June 2019, the 29-year-old has made 72 appearances for PNE, and he scored his seventh goal for the club in the weekend’s draw against Birmingham City.
Speaking after signing his new contract, Patrick said: “I’m really relieved to get it done. Negotiations have been going on for quite a while so I’m really glad to finally put pen to paper and be here at least for the next two and a half years.
“First of all, me and my family felt really comfortable here in the area. We love the club and I love the boys in the changing room.
“We’ve got a really good changing room and a really good squad, and I feel like we can be really successful in the future. Hopefully we can show that in the next [few] years.”
The former German U20 international has played every minute of football since Ryan Lowe was appointed, and the manager was delighted to see another one of his players sign on, following Andrew Hughes’ new deal a couple of weeks ago.
Ryan said: “I’m really pleased. The negotiations have been going on for a while with Patrick before I came here, so I’m pleased he’s committed his future to Preston North End.”
He added: “He’s a leader, not a vocal one, he’s a silent type of leader. He’s a great footballer, a good defender, along with Hughesy, and all the lads who are playing.
“Obviously these lads with contracts expiring, we want to make sure we look after these type of players to [make sure they] stay with us because we feel they’re valuable to us.”