PNE lining up new deal for defender

Bailey Wright is wanted on a longer-term contract by North End
Bailey Wright is wanted on a longer-term contract by North End
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Preston North End are looking to add Bailey Wright to the list of players who have signed new contracts at Deepdale ahead of their return to the Championship.

The Lilywhites activated a year’s option on Wright last month but want to get a longer-term deal agreed.

Sources at North End have indicated that terms could be sorted out with his agent later this week.

Wright is currently back home in Australia and has been granted a later return to pre-season training, having been on international duty.

He was in the Australia squad for their World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyztsan on June 16, a game the Socceroos won 2-1 – the 22-year-old was an unused substitute.

Prior to that game, the Aussie squad had spent a week training in Dubai.

So to ensure Wright gets sufficient rest, he will join up with his Preston team-mates a few days late – the squad are back at Springfields on Thursday.

Looking back at his summer link-up with Australia, Wright said: “There is always a role to play, whether it is on the bench, coming on or starting.

“I would have loved to have played but I enjoyed being in the squad, being in camp and training with the boys.”

Wright was at the heart of PNE’s defence for the 4-0 victory over Swindon in the play-off final at Wembley.

Several of the players who featured in the squad that day have since signed new deals.

Alan Browne was the latest last week, joining Joe Garner, Paul Huntington, skipper Tom Clarke, Chris Humphrey and John Welsh.

Jermaine Beckford and Paul Gallagher, who were both on loan last season, have signed permanently.

Wright being added to that group would be regarded as a big boost.

He is the longest-serving player in the North End squad, having joined as a teenager six years ago.

His first-team debut came in August 2010, and he has made 143 appearances.

Groin surgery saw him miss three months of last season, with him sidelined from early October to the beginning of January.

He won back his place in the starting XI on February 10 at Chesterfield and missed only one game after that due to being away with Australia.