It’s two contract extensions in two days for Preston North End, as they today announced that Seani Maguire has signed a new deal at Deepdale.
The striker’s old contract was set to expire at the end of next season but this new offer will see him play his football with PNE until 2023.
It’s good to see North End doing some business during this off-season, having been extremely quiet both on the transfer and contract renewal front since the final whistle against Bristol City at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Within the space of two days, they have now agreed extensions with two first-team players in Maguire and Paul Gallagher (as we also reported here).
The striker didn’t have the best season of his career during the last campaign. He struggled to find the net on a regular basis, bagging just five goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for the Lilywhites.
In fact, his goal against Bristol City in the last game of the Championship season was his first of the year, having not scored since the 10th December up to that point.
Maguire features regularly in the team
The Republic of Ireland international remained a mainstay of the team despite his lack of goals up-front. He was regularly trusted to lead the line and was also played out wide on the wings when needed by Alex Neil.
Hopefully, his goal to end the season and to end his goal drought will give him the confidence to push on and score on a more frequent basis for North End next season – and hopefully alongside a new attacker too.
Speaking to the club’s official website about the new deal he said: “I am absolutely over the moon.
“I am heading into my fourth year at Preston North End. Last year was a bit disappointing in the way it ended – not making the Play-Offs – but I feel like this year can be our year with the players that we have.”
Maguire has nearly 100 appearances for the club and his signing of a new deal is another good move by Alex Neil and the club, as we aim to try and go one better in the next campaign and actually nab a play-off place.
With these two having signed new deals, it’s now time to crack on and try and seal new contracts for the rest of our important players as soon as possible. I’m looking at you Ben Davies, Alan Browne, Daniel Johnson and Ben Pearson.