Ex-PNE quartet find new homes

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Four players released by Preston North End at the end of the season have now fixed themselves up with new clubs for the next stage of their careers.

Ex-skipper John Mousinho, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, Ryan Croasdale and youngster Tyler Forbes are sorted for the 2014/15 campaign.

Midfielder Mousinho has signed a two-year contract with Burton Albion and he will have Cansdell-Sherriff as a team-mate at the Pirelli Stadium.

Cansdell-Sherriff spent most of last season on loan with the Brewers and agreed a permanent move following the League Two play-off final.

Lancaster teenager Croasdale is joining Sheffield Wednesday and will be a member of the Owls’ development squad.

Centre-half Forbes, released at the end of his PNE scholarship, has signed professional forms with Fleetwood.

The other senior players released by North End at the end of their contracts – Iain Hume, Chris Beardsley, Nicky Wroe, Graham Cummins and Alex Nicholson – are still to find new employers.

Mousinho, whose stay at Preston was a rather ill-fated one, ended last season on loan at his old club Stevenage.

Boro were interested in signing him permanently but he chose to accept Burton’s offer.

Burton boss Gary Rowett was delighted to land the Mous.

Rowett said: “John’s been playing League One football for the last three seasons and is hugely experienced, having won promotion twice in his career.

“He’s a leader and a very, very good athlete.

“He’ll give us good additional size and a couple of seasons ago he scored eight goals from central midfield for Stevenage.

“He can add that to the team and can also play centre-back.

“That gives us a bit of versatility and means we can carry a few less players in the squad, allowing us to sign players with extra quality.”

Mousinho’s experience of playing in League One was a big attraction to Rowett.

He said: “When I spoke to John, he’s still very, very keen to achieve a bit more.

“He’s an intelligent player and is doing his coaching badges.

“He’s been up to the FA Centre and will be training up there for the next couple of years now.

“People have been asking me recently if my transfer targets would have been different had we been promoted to League One.

“Well, I think I still would’ve signed John if we had gone up.

“That’s the quality of player I’m trying to bring to the club.”

Croasdale’s move to Sheffield Wednesday on paper looks a surprise with stepping up to a Championship club.

But former PNE youth coach Dean Ramsdale is now in charge of the Owls’ academy and played a big part in his development at North End.

The 19-year-old made just one senior appearance in a Preston shirt, that being against Oldham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

He was well thought of by the PNE coaching staff, but got pushed down the midfield pecking order by the emergence of Josh Brownhill and Alan Browne.

Croasdale is the third young players who Wednesday have signed in the past week.

Said Ramsdale: “This isn’t a case of making up the numbers.

“We’ve seen plenty of these lads to give us confidence they can make the grade.

“Ryan is a very talented and technically gifted player.

“Fortunately for us he will be with us for the next year as I know other clubs were interested.”