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Dai Cornell Signs New Deal With North End

18 January 2024

First Team News

Dai Cornell Signs New Deal With North End

18 January 2024

Preston North End are delighted to confirm Dai Cornell has signed a new deal to extend his stay until 2026.

The goalkeeper signed a two-year contract when he arrived at Deepdale in June 2022, and he’s now committed his future for another couple of years.

During his time with the club, Dai has made three appearances, including a Sky Bet Championship clash against Swansea City and a penalty save in a cup tie with Wolves.

Dai said: “I’m really happy and really grateful for the opportunity to extend my stay here, and fingers crossed we have some successful times.

“As a club within that dressing room and even in this [office] part of the building I think everyone wants to achieve the same thing and that is getting to the Premier League.

“I think the club’s ready to do it. It’s just us as a playing staff and management taking that next step to push to get us there.”

Dai made his PNE debut at Molineux in August 2022 in the second round of the Carabao Cup and featured again this season against Salford City, before making his league bow for North End in the final away match of 2023.

Away from the pitch, Dai also plays a key role in the local community. He has supported and remains an advocate for Preston North End Community and Education Trust’s HeadStart programme, while he and his partner Shaunie played a big part in the club introducing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme at Deepdale.

Manager Ryan Lowe said: “Dai’s been a credit to himself and the football club ever since he came in, and he really deserves this new deal.

“We brought him in to challenge Freddie [Woodman] and he’s absolutely done that. Every day they’re pushing each other to the limit working with Mike Pollitt and James Pradic, and that’s what we want. 

“He’s a great character around the training ground too and a top, top professional, so I’m really pleased he’s signed on for another couple of years.”

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