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Preston North End Recruit Duane Holmes

12 July 2023

First Team News

Preston North End Recruit Duane Holmes

12 July 2023

Preston North End are delighted to confirm the signing of Duane Holmes on a two-year deal.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who has spent the previous two and a half years with Huddersfield Town, has completed the move to Deepdale, with the terms of the deal undisclosed.

Duane – a capped United States international – has featured almost 200 times in the Championship and has also been involved in two second tier Play-Off campaigns.

Speaking after joining the club, Duane said: “I’m very happy. I spoke to the manager last week and thankfully it’s all gone through pretty quickly.

“I played with him at Bury for a short time and obviously since taking on the role of a manager he’s done really well wherever he’s gone and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“I played against Preston a lot last year and the way we want to play is good.

“I’ve just been watching training out there and it was looking very good. The lads look really fit, really sharp and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Born in Georgia, United States, the midfielder moved to Yorkshire at a young age and came through the ranks with the Terriers.

Permanent moves to Scunthorpe United and Derby County followed, before he returned to the John Smith’s Stadium in 2021.

He will now join up with North End ahead of the start of the 2023/24 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Manager Ryan Lowe said: “Duane’s going to be a good addition for us and he’s one I’m excited about because he’s a creator and he can score goals.

“He’s been a solid Championship player for many years. He’s a good footballer who can carry the ball, and he knows his roles and responsibilities.

“I’ve known Duane for many years since playing with him when he was just starting out and I’ve kept following his career.

“We’ve added two players with a lot of quality in the past couple of days so I’m really pleased, and we’re in negotiations with a few other players so we’re looking to keep adding over the next few weeks.”

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