Preston North End are pleased to confirm Bambo Diaby has signed a two-year deal with the club.
The Senegalese defender spent the second half of the 2021/22 campaign at Deepdale, after signing a short-term contract with PNE in January.
Diaby went on to play seven times in the Championship, earning his full debut in the home victory over AFC Bournemouth in February, and he will now stay with the Lilywhites until at least the summer of 2024.
Bambo said: “Of course I wanted to stay here. I said this when the manager was talking to me, he wanted me here and all the fans have supported me since the first day so it was easy to make the decision to stay here because we want to do something big.
“I like to work with him [Ryan Lowe]. I tell him I like to work with him because I have so much passion, and he knows a lot about football and I want to learn with him.
“He needs to show me a lot of things and for this I want to stay here because I know I can become a better player with him.
“I believe in this team, I believe in the manager, I believe in myself of course. I think if everyone can do what we need to do and everyone can do a good job, we can make something good and have a good season.”
The 24-year-old, who moved to Spain as a young child, made his professional debut for Catalonian side Cornella in 2016, before going on to play in Italy and Belgium.
His first experience of English football followed in 2019, making 22 appearances for Barnsley, and the central defender returned to Oakwell with PNE in the penultimate game of the 2021/22 campaign.
Manager Ryan Lowe added: “Bambo’s been a credit to himself and to us ever since he came through the door, so we were keen for him to stay with us.
“His attitude’s been absolutely spot on, and we feel there’s a bit of work that can be done with Bambo as well, he’s one that we can teach and get better.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Bambo in a Preston North End shirt again next season.”