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Waiting game for PNE striker

Glory boy: Iain Hume celebrates Doncaster Rovers' League One title triumph

Glory boy: Iain Hume celebrates Doncaster Rovers' League One title triumph

Preston North End striker Iain Hume admits he is playing a waiting game over his future.

The 29-year-old spent the season on loan at Doncaster, helping them win the League One title.

His loan spell ends later in the month and as things stand he expects to be coming back to PNE after the summer break to start pre-season training.

Hume has a year left on his North End contract, a deal he signed when the club were in the Championship.

And it is likely that finances will ultimately dictate his next move.

There is interest from Doncaster in signing Hume on a permanent deal but the South Yorkshire club’s main concern at the moment is appointing a new manager.

Hume told the Evening Post: “My loan runs until the end of May so that it covered the play-offs just in case Doncaster were involved in them.

“Then I will officially be a Preston player again.

“I’ve got a year left on my contract and I’ll wait and see what happens.

“At the moment I’m fully expecting to be reporting back to Springfields for pre-season training.

“It’s a question I’ve been asked many times on Twitter by fans, and that’s the honest reply I’ve given them. Obviously there are a lot of financial restrictions on clubs below the Championship which might affect things.

“Doncaster have stated an interest, but it will come down to what Preston want to do.

“Preston is a great club and while there are restrictions on the finances, they have the spine of a team which I think can be up there next season.”

Hume joined Doncaster at the end of the summer transfer window last August.

The two months prior to the move he had spent training apart from the PNE squad.

But it was a season which ended in joy for the Canadian as Donny clinched promotion in dramatic fashion at Brentford on the final day.

Said Hume: “It’s been some year, let me tell you!

“It wasn’t ideal what went on last summer with having to train at Rossendale with a few of the other lads who weren’t wanted.

“I didn’t kick a ball for two months, then went straight into my first game for Doncaster against Yeovil.

“The loan obviously went very well and ended up in a promotion.

“Doncaster probably should have got promoted a month earlier but there were a few hiccups along the way.

“The game at Brentford on the last day was unforgettable.

“It was one which neither side could afford to lose and we all know what happened with them missing a penalty and then us going straight up the other end to score.

“I’d been substituted a few minutes before the end, but let’s say I was on the pitch when the winner went in!”

 

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