New PNE deals for Welsh and Humphrey

PNE midfielder John Welsh in the Wembley dressing room
PNE midfielder John Welsh in the Wembley dressing room
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John Welsh and Chris Humphrey have signed new contracts to extend their stays at Preston North End.

The pair have penned two-year deals as the Lilywhites plan for life in the Championship after clinching promotion in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

Chris Humphrey has signed a new contract at Preston

Chris Humphrey has signed a new contract at Preston

They follow Paul Huntington and Tom Clarke in signing new terms, while Jermaine Beckford turned his loan from Bolton into a permanent stay earlier this week.

Welsh made 44 appearances in the season just finished, making the holding midfield role his own and turning in consistently strong performances.

He joined North End three years ago on a Bosman move from Tranmere.

Winger Humphrey has made 109 appearances in a Preston shirt since joining from Motherwell two years ago.

In the 2014/15 campaign, he played 56 times, scoring five goals.

PNE boss Simon Grayson said: “After completing Jermaine’s deal on Monday, more pieces of the jigsaw are being put in place with hard work behind the scenes.

“Getting John and Chris signed up is more positive news and we are delighted they have committed their futures to what we are building at Deepdale.”

Welsh, 31, said: “I’m glad it’s sorted and I can concentrate on getting myself fit and I’m looking forward to getting back for pre-season.

“Obviously it is always in the back of your mind, it’s your livelihood and your future, but my main aim was to get promoted with this club and that’s firmly all I was focusing on.

“After that, luckily we got the ball rolling straight away and now it is done and dusted and I’m grateful for that.”

Humphrey added: “I’m delighted. It has been brilliant to get the deal done and sorted and so early as well. I can go enjoy my summer and look forward to next season now.

“It’s a massive challenge for me, the Championship is one of the leagues that I’ve always wanted to play in for a long time now.”