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Keane brothers prepare to go head to head in Lancashire derby

As if Saturday's Championship showdown between Lancashire rivals Burnley and Preston wasn't big enough, for Michael and Will Keane there's even more incentive to secure the bragging rights.

Michael plays for Burnley, while his twin brother Will plays for Preston. As David Chisnall has been finding out the sibling rivalry stretches beyond football.

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Preston North End drop Kevin Davies

Credit: PA

Preston North End have today confirmed that they are not offering Kevin Davies a further contract in either a playing or playing/coaching role.

Kevin joined us from Bolton Wanderers two years ago and his contribution both on and off the pitch over the last two seasons has been outstanding and his playing and leadership skills played a major part in us regaining our Championship status.

The current decision not to extend Kevin’s contract has been driven solely by budgetary constraints and we sincerely belief that Kevin can continue to contribute on the field if that is a route that he decides to pursue.

We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Kevin and his family for his contribution to Preston North End Football Club.

– Preston North End statement

Joe Garner signs Preston deal

Joe Garner has signed for Preston on a permanent deal Credit: PA Images

Joe Garner has signed a new three year contract at Preston North End keeping him at the Club until the end of the 2017/18 season.

The striker was prolific last season as North End secured promotion to the SkyBet Championship, ending the season as the Club's top goalscorer with 27 goals in all competitions, despite missing part of the season through injury.

The striker said he was delighted to commit his future to the Club:

"I'm over the moon to have signed. As soon as the offer was there, I didn't want to go anywhere else. I'm happy here, I love the Club and I'm just looking forward to next year now."

"The fans are brilliant here, they've been brilliant with me for the past two years so I'm just happy to sign another three years and hopefully I can carry on where I left off."

"Three years is a long time and hopefully we can compete in the next division next year and try and push on again."

– Joe Garner

Preston manager Simon Grayson said:

"When you look at what Joe did as an individual last year, when you look at the number of goals he scored and he missed ten weeks of the season, it was an unbelievable return."

"He then obviously rounded off a fantastic season winning the League One Player of the Year award as well."

"So it's great that Joe has committed his future to our Club because no doubt there was speculation about other clubs wanting to come in for him but it just proves to us and to other people what are intentions are as a football club over the summer so far."

– Simon Grayson, Preston manager

Preston North End sign Jermaine Beckford on two year deal

Preston North End have announced the signing of striker Jermaine Beckford on a two year contract.

Preston North End sign Jermaine Beckford on two year deal Credit: Press Association

The forward will officially become a North End player after his contract expires with Bolton Wanderers on 30th June 2015.

The club says the 31-year-old was a vital part of Simon Grayson's promotion winning side.

Beckford scored 18 goals in his first spell with the Club, with six goals of those coming in the successful Play-Off campaign for PNE, including a superb hat-trick at Wembley to secure promotion to the Championship.

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