By Jack Wynne – Online Sports Editor
Joe Garner has penned a new three year contract extension at Preston North End whilst Paul Gallagher joins the club on a permanent basis.
Preston North End have tied down their top goal-scorer whilst signing Leicester City attacking midfielder Paul Gallagher on a permanent basis.
Garner, 27, was in fine form last season for the Lilywhites scoring 27 goals in all competitions – despite missing part of the season with a tendon injury.
Having supported PNE all his life, the moment they achieved promotion was a special one and Joe was “over the moon” to commit his long-term future.
“As soon as the offer was there, I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I love the club and I’m just looking forward to next year now” said Garner.
Garner added the fans have been “brilliant” and that they have backed him all the way ever since he moved to Deepdale two years ago.
Manager’s comments on Garner
PNE manager Simon Grayson was quick to express his joy in securing Garner to a new deal and was “delighted” to see him commit to a longer term contract.
“When you look at the number of goals he scored and he missed ten weeks of the season, it was an unbelievable return” added Grayson.
The former Blackpool, Leeds United and Huddersfield Town boss also praised Garner for picking up the League One Player of the Year award.
Grayson went on to admit signing Garner to a new deal is a real statement of intent as there was plenty of speculation surrounding other clubs interested in the 27-year-old.
Gallagher signs permanently
Following the news Joe Garner had extended his contract at Deepdale, the club then announced they had signed Paul Gallagher permanently on a two year deal.
Gallagher, who was on loan from Premier League side Leicester City, had two loan spells with the Lilywhites over the course of the last two seasons.
The 30-year-old proved to be a key figure in Simon Grayson’s team with the most assists at the club; including two crucial assists during the Play-Off Final at Wembley.
Gallagher admitted it was a “no brainer” when deciding to stay and was happy to conclude a deal sooner rather than later.
Grayson: Gallagher was a priority
The Lilywhites manager was more than happy to bring the forward back to PNE on a permanent basis and admitted he is a “big” signing.
“Paul has felt like our player for the last 18 months. He feels settled and we saw this year his all round game and what he can do” added Grayson.
Gallagher is an important signing and someone who is part of the main nucleus here at PNE, according to Grayson.
Grayson admitted there has been a lot of hard work involved and there are potentially more signings to come in the next couple of weeks.