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Preston North End: Remember Paul Parry? Here’s what he’s up to nowadays

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Paul Parry was a decent performer for Preston during his three seasons at Deepdale during a difficult period for the Lilywhites that saw them drop down into the third tier.

Preston signed Parry on a permanent deal in the summer of 2009 with him arriving from Cardiff City with a good reputation having racked up around 200 appearances for the Bluebirds during his five years at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Lilywhites brought Parry into the club that summer with the ambition of building on them reaching the play-off semi-finals at Cardiff’s expense in the previous campaign. However, things did no go according to plan and Preston were unable to get anywhere near the promotion places in his first full season.

During his first season at Deepdale, Parry managed to be an important member of Preston’s squad and he made his debut for the club on the opening day of the campaign in a 2–2 draw against Bristol City at Deepdale.

Parry was then able to fire home his first goal for the Lilywhites in the Championship a few weeks later with him registering their opening goal in an impressive three goal win away from home against Barnsley. That was their first win of the campaign as the Lilywhites made a strong start going unbeaten in their first seven games until a loss against Scunthorpe United.

Despite some decent performances from Parry during the rest of his first season at Deepdale, the Lilywhites could only secure a bottom half finish in the Championship. That was perhaps a sign of what was to come the following year.

Parry found himself out of the side for a lot of the next season as Preston really struggled in the Championship and ended up suffering relegation down to League One.

However, Parry returned to the side and was much more of a regular for the Lilywhites during their first campaign back in the third tier of English football. He made 44 appearances in total and scored twice but that was only good enough for a frustrating 15th place finish that season.

In the summer after that lowly finish in League One, Parry left Preston bringing an end to his three year stay at Deepdale. He ended up making the move to Shrewsbury Town after he had turned down the offer of a new contract with the Lilywhites.

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Ironically, Parry netted his first goal for Shrewsbury against Preston as they inflicted a 1–0 defeat on the Lilywhites in the opening month of the campaign. He would finish the season with a respectable tally of six goals in 34 appearances, but that was not enough to keep his new side in League One. Following their relegation he was released the next summer.

Since leaving Shrewsbury, Parry has retired from the professional game and at the moment according to his LinkedIn profile, he has created a football academy for aspiring ‘elite’ young football players. Whilst he also runs a property management company called Parry Property LTD.


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