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David Cornell Signs For PNE

27 June 2022

Preston North End are delighted to confirm the arrival of goalkeeper David Cornell on a two-year deal, which will officially begin on 1st July.

The 31-year-old arrives at Deepdale after making 30 appearances in the Championship for Peterborough United during the 2021/22 campaign.

He becomes the second goalkeeper in the last seven days to sign for PNE, following Freddie Woodman's move from Newcastle United.

Speaking after signing, Dai said: “I’m really excited to be here and have the opportunity to pull this shirt on and fingers crossed it’s a successful time.

“I spoke to the manager a few weeks ago and the feeling he gave me about the club and the direction he wanted to go in, it was a no brainer really after we spoke.

“Even looking in from the outside, it looks a great place to be and I’m looking forward to being here.”

Cornell started his career with Swansea City, making his professional debut for the Welsh side in 2009, before moving on permanently to Oldham Athletic in 2015.

His most successful time came with Northampton Town between 2016 and 2020, having made 108 appearances for the Cobblers and helping them achieve promotion to League One during the 2019/20 campaign.

The former Wales youth international then joined Ipswich Town before his move to Peterborough, and he will now look to challenge Woodman at North End.

Manager Ryan Lowe added: “When you get someone of Freddie Woodman’s quality, you’re looking for that little bit more experience in Dai.

“He’s been around the block in all different divisions. He’s a fantastic lad, he knows his position and knows what he’s got to do.

“He’s got to push Freddie all the way, and when I met Dai he was perfect for that.

“All he wanted to do was come to a football club where he can challenge and keep competing, and that’s what I want.

“First and foremost he’s a great kid, been around the block and played at different levels, and he’s one we’re really pleased to get over the line.”


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