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Ali McCann Pens New Deal At PNE

5 January 2024

First Team News

Ali McCann Pens New Deal At PNE

5 January 2024

Preston North End are delighted to confirm Ali McCann has signed a new deal which will keep him at Deepdale until at least the summer of 2027.

The midfielder, who joined the club in August 2021, can now look forward to another three and a half years with North End after signing new terms.

Ali has featured in every game he’s been available for during the 2023/24 campaign, contributing to his total of 84 appearances for PNE.

Ali said: “I’m absolutely buzzing just to get it all sorted. To be fair, it was quite easy from start to finish, just getting it all done.

“I’m really happy here and just looking forward to the next couple of years.

“I’ve said loads of times before that it’s the perfect club for me to come down to.

“Settling in during the last couple of years was so easy. I’ve done interviews before when I’ve said the staff, the players, everyone, even the people who work at the training ground have made it so easy for me and I feel properly settled.”

Ali, now an established Northern Ireland international with 20 caps, had been with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone since an early age prior to his deadline day move to Deepdale in 2021.

The 24-year-old quickly became a starter with North End and has enjoyed some memorable moments, notably a brace against Huddersfield Town and a match-winner in a big victory away to AFC Bournemouth in the 2021/22 season.

Manager Ryan Lowe said: “Ali fully deserves the extension to his contract because he’s been excellent since I’ve been here, on and off the pitch.

“He’s a great character to have around the place, he’s improving every single day, and he’s still young.

“Once his agent had spoken to Peter [Ridsdale] and I’d spoken with Ali, it all moved quite quickly, which I think shows his commitment to Preston North End.

“He’s a real asset for us so we’re happy he’ll be with us for the next few years.”

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