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A tireless defensive midfielder who will relentlessly pursue possession, Kian Smart was a regular fixture in the young Lilywhites’ engine room last season.
The Lostock Hall-born enforcer has been with the Lilywhites for five years, having signed in November 2012 before joining as a scholar in April 2016. Before then, Smart had also featured for Blackburn Rovers’ youth sides.
Although more defensive in style, Smart also has an eye for goal and scored twice from a deeper midfield position last term, perhaps taking after his dad Allan Smart, who was a striker for North End from 1994-96.