By Jack Wynne – Online Sports Editor
Australia international Bailey Wright has signed a new two-year contract at Preston North End.
Wright joins a number of his team-mates who have agreed to extend their stay at Deepdale since the side were promoted to the Championship.
The Lilywhites were keen to keep the 22-year-old and activated a 12-month option in his contract before opening talks with his representatives over a long-term deal.
He has been with the Lilywhites for six years first joining the club as a youth-team player and then making his senior debut the following year.
He has played 143 times for North End and was in manager Simon Grayson’s Starting XI when they beat Swindon 4-0 at Wembley in the League One play-off final.
And, as recently as 2014 Wright was part of the Australia squad which took part in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The North End man was excited when he signed a new deal and says he is looking forward to the prospect of Championship football next season.
“I’m delighted to extend my time here, I’ve been here for six years now and I’m looking forward to making that eight at least.
“There’s been some ups and downs but it’s great to see that the last few seasons we’re on the up, especially with the promotion last year.
“It’s nice to be a part of it and give it a good go, knowing I will be here for a few more years.”
Grayson admitted the club were keen to tie the player down to a more long-term deal after first activating a clause in his contract at the end of last season.
“Bailey had a clause in his contract that we activated extending his stay, however, we were keen to do a new deal and I am delighted he has signed.
“I have seen Bailey develop as a player since I arrived and with a full pre-season under his belt we look forward to even more from him in the Championship.”
The Lilywhites continue their pre-season by making the short journey to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium to play Bamber Bridge.
North End began their preparations for life in the Championship next season with a 0-0 draw away to Chorley last weekend as both sides contested the Jack Kirkland Trophy.
The annual contest which finished goalless meant the two sides shared the Trophy for the first time ever after PNE had been victorious the past two seasons.