Laird leaves PNE for Scunthorpe

Scott Laird in his last appearance for Preston at Wembley

Scott Laird in his last appearance for Preston at Wembley

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Scott Laird has become the third player to leave Preston North End and join Scunthorpe United in the last fortnight.

The popular left-back turned down the offer of a two-year contract at Deepdale to move to the Iron, following the same path as Jack King and Scott Wiseman.

He has signed a three-year deal with the North Lincolnshire outfit.

Laird, 27, spent three years at PNE after signing from Stevenage, making 108 appearances and scoring seven goals.

His first season with North End ended prematurely when he suffered a broken leg in November 2012.

He battled back to fitness to feature prominently over the last two seasons and throughout his time at Preston was a big fans’ favourite.

After a limited number of appearances in the first-half of the campaign just finished, he returned to the side at the start of February and enjoyed a long unbroken run in the side.

He scored against Manchester United in the FA Cup and was on the losing side just once in the league - on the final day of the regular season at Colchester.

Laird dropped to the bench for the play-off final second leg victory against Chesterfield and was on the bench for the 4-0 victory over Swindon Town in the final at Wembley last month, coming on as an 81st minute substitute.

At his unveiling at Scunthorpe on Thursday afternoon, Laird said: “I’ve been lucky in my career to have experienced promotions in my career and have been successful from the Conference, League Two and now League One to the Championship.

“I feel I can bring a lot of know-how and hopefully help a lot of players who are coming to the club who have not necessarily done it and get Scunthorpe back to the Championship.”

Seven players have left North End since winning at Wembley.