Preston North End have released their retained list for the 2020/21 season and in truth there are no real surprises.
The majority of Frankie McAvoy’s squad are under contract for the coming seasons but of the ones whose contracts are expiring next month, none could have really expected to be staying at Deepdale.
Irish midfielder Graham Burke has already agreed a pre-contract with Shamrock Rovers in his native country, and two other players who are out on loan in Josh Ginnelly and David Nugent will also depart.
Nugent’s second stint at North End has been unimpressive and he’s not played for the club since last season – ending with just one goal in 24 outings.
Two players who have been at Deepdale all season are also departing – firstly Billy Bodin who failed to make an impact at the club but that was largely down to injuries.
The winger arrived from Bristol Rovers in January 2018 and because of his struggles with his knee especially he was restricted to just 33 appearances in three-and-a-half seasons, scoring three Championship goals.
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The one that will hurt PNE fans the most though is the departure of Louis Moult, who arrived days before Bodin and was a fan favourite for the efforts he showed and the interactions he had with supporters.
The 28-year-old scored seven times in 36 games for the Lilywhites and is another player who was blighted with a knee problem, having spent 18 months on the sidelines from August 2019 after picking up the injury against Swansea City and he never played another minute for North End after that.
PNE fans have been reacting to the news of the released players and as expected there is much sadness to Moult’s departure especially.
Moult? What was the point? Feel for him
— Inside North End (@insidenorthend) May 13, 2021
Gutted for @louismoult thought he was just getting into form when that horrible injury came. Thought he deserved at least another season with us
— Ian Cowell (@polish2016) May 13, 2021
King Louis 😔😭 was just getting into form before a terrible injury! Gutted for him! All the best for the future @louismoult 👑
— Ricky Thomason 🦉 (@rick_thomason95) May 13, 2021
Apart from Moult it's spot on. Feels very harsh on Louis tho
— Connor (@Conpne03) May 13, 2021
All the best lads. Wish you success at your new clubs
— Alan Baldwin (@albalders39) May 13, 2021
Should’ve offered moult 1 year or 1/2 year contract and if he got injured don’t offer him another. Shame to see him go without another chance
— Sam (@SamYate53375140) May 13, 2021
Gutted for Moult, looked ok till that awful injury.
— Janine Clitheroe (@Janinepne) May 13, 2021
Louis moult leaving is a travesty
— VARDS (@VardsPNE01) May 13, 2021
Gutted about King Louis 👑. Can understand the rest.. https://t.co/2R77bpCNVY
— Rick Thompson (@youngtommo1) May 13, 2021