Garner extends PNE stay

PNE striker Joe Garner has signed a new contract at Deepdale
PNE striker Joe Garner has signed a new contract at Deepdale
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Goal ace Joe Garner has signed a new three-year contract at Preston North End.

The deal runs until the end of the 2017/18 campaign and is a huge boost for PNE as they prepare for their return to the Championship.

Garner, a free transfer signing from Watford in January 2013, has scored 51 goals in a North End shirt.

He was League One’s top scorer in the season just ended, netting 26 league goals and one in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

That was despite missing 10 weeks of the campaign because of a shin injury which required surgery.

Garner, 27, and Jermaine Beckford formed a lethal strike pairing from March onwards, their goals playing a huge part in Preston’s promotion via the play-offs.

Earlier this month, Beckford turned his loan from Bolton Wanderers into a permanent two-year move to Deepdale.

After putting pen to paper on his new contract, Garner said: “I’m over the moon to have signed.

“As soon as the offer was there, I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I’m happy here, I love the club and I’m just looking forward to next year now.

“The fans are brilliant here, they’ve been brilliant with me for the past two years so I’m just happy to sign another three years and hopefully I can carry on where I left off.

“Three years is a long time and hopefully we can compete in the next division next year and try and push on again.”

North End manager Simon Grayson is pleased to have secured Garner’s services for longer.

Grayson said: “It’s brilliant. Obviously this time last year we negotiated with Joe about a contract and obviously we are delighted to have secured him again on a longer term contract

“When you look at what Joe did as an individual last year, when you look at the number of goals he scored and he missed 10 weeks of the season, it was an unbelievable return.

“He then rounded off a fantastic season winning the League One Player of the Year award as well.

“So it’s great that Joe has committed his future to our club because no doubt there was speculation about other clubs wanting to come in for him.

“But it just proves to us and to other people what are intentions are as a football club over the summer so far.”