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Daniel Johnson To Leave PNE

27 June 2023

Preston North End can confirm Daniel Johnson will leave the club at the end of his contract.

The two parties have been in discussion since the conclusion of the 2022/23 campaign regarding the renewal of his deal, however DJ has informed the club he will be moving on.

Famously arriving for a fee of just £50,000 in 2015, the Jamaica international has since gone on to write his name in the North End history books.

The club’s 2020 Player of the Year became the 28th man to make 300 appearances for PNE back in August 2022, following in the footsteps of skipper Alan Browne.

Contributing 57 goals throughout his time at Deepdale, DJ has been an important figure for the club and has, on many occasions, worn the captain’s armband.

Manager Ryan Lowe said: “We’re disappointed but DJ wants a new challenge.

“I had a fantastic relationship with DJ and all the players did and I’m sure all the fans did too, but sometimes people want fresh challenges and that’s what DJ’s told us he wants to do, and we have to respect that decision.

“He’ll go down as a legend at the football club and rightly so because he’s a very talented footballer.

“It’s disappointing because of what he’s done here over the years and we’d have liked to have had a better send off for him, if this was going to be the case.

“We’ve been in dialogue with him for a long time regarding him staying. We’ve done everything we possibly can to keep him, but we wish DJ all the best as he moves on to a new venture.”

Everyone at PNE would like to thank DJ for his fantastic service to the football club and wish him the very best for the future.

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