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Preston North End drop Kevin Davies

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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.

Preston hit with FA charge for failing to control fans

These were the scenes at the end of last month's Play-Off Semi-final Credit: PA Images

The Football Association has charged Preston for the crowd trouble which followed their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final victory over Chesterfield at Deepdale on May 10.

North End sealed their Wembley play-off final place with a 3-0 victory but there were ugly scenes during the pitch invasion to celebrate that achievement.

Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt, a previous employee of the Lilywhites' rivals Blackpool, was assaulted by a 20-year-old apprentice mechanic who was later given a three-year ban from football.

The governing body has now alleged Preston failed to ensure spectators at the fixture "refrained from provocative and/or abusive and/or threatening and/or violent behaviour" and have given the Championship newcomers until June 15 to respond.

Evatt had claimed he was punched, kicked and spat at during the pitch invasion and had suggested the FA take action against Preston to stop more violent scenes in the future.

Fans had originally started to huddle down at the Deepdale advertising hoardings during the closing stages of the second leg when it became obvious North End were heading for their first Wembley appearance since 1994.

Multiple announcements were made over the speakers in the ground encouraging supporters not to enter the field of play, but these were not heeded and some fans had spilled onto the pitch when Jermaine Beckford scored an 87th-minute goal from the halfway line.

Preston fan's special moment

Preston's League 1 play-off triumph at Wembley has been particularly special for one fan. Linda Moon has terminal cancer and only got the go ahead from her doctors to go to the match the day before. Football mad Linda's been a Preston fan all her life and said promotion was her biggest wish for the club.

And so the club decided to reward her loyalty by bringing the trophy to her home.

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