40. Adam Barton

Date of Birth: 07/01/1991 Position: Midfield Club Appearances: None Club Goals: None Former Clubs: Trainee

Still waiting for his first-team debut, Adam Barton is the youngest professional in the Deepdale ranks.

The youngster signed a two-and-a-half year deal in December 2008 after impressing in the youth team and reserves.

North End picked Barton up after he was released by Blackburn Rovers who would not offer the talented youngster a youth team contract.

Barton signed his pro contract on the same day as fellow scholar Danny Mayor who impressed in a loan spell at Tranmere Rovers last season.

Central midfielder Barton's only glimpse of first-team football before this season was in March 2009 when he travelled to Charlton but was an unused substitute.