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Paul Gallagher put pen to paper on a two year deal at Deepdale ahead of the 2015/16 campaign – his first permanent deal with the Club following his third loan spell which culminated in Play-Off glory at Wembley.
The former Blackburn Rovers trainee originally signed for North End under Paul Simpson in 2007, but a permanent move failed to materialise and he went on to earn promotion to the Premier League with Stoke City.
The Scot was purchased for £1m by Leicester City and played nearly 150 games for the Foxes, but jumped at the opportunity to return to Deepdale under Simon Grayson - with whom he was in the same squad at Blackburn at the beginning of his career.
Gallagher extended his second loan deal until the end of the 2013/14 season and played a key part for Preston as the Club reached the Play-Offs, scoring an impressive 10 goals in 35 appearances.
In the summer of 2014, Gallagher agreed to re-join North End on a season-long loan for the entire 2014/15 season, a fruitful decision as he ended the campaign as the league’s top assist maker, including creating two of the goals in the Play-Off Final at Wembley.
After a successful return to the Championship with North End, Gallagher picked up the supporters' Player of the Year award at the end of the 2015/16 campaign, as well as collecting the Club's Goal of the Year award for a strike against Charlton Athletic.
Gallagher continued to be a key player in the side during the 2016/17 campaign, playing 34 games in all competitions before continuing to be a regular starter during Alex Neil's first season in charge during the 2017/18 season.
Bringing his experience to the side, Gallagher once again showed his importance to the squad after signing a new deal to remain at the club in the summer of 2018.
The Scot went on to feature in 40 Championship games in 2018/19, scoring six goals while getting seven assists and agreed a further contract extension in January 2019 to keep him at the club until at least the summer of 2020.