'He knows' - Alan Browne contract latest from Preston North End boss after Salernitana approach

The PNE captain is in the final year of his contract at Deepdale
Alan Browne and Ryan LoweAlan Browne and Ryan Lowe
Alan Browne and Ryan Lowe

Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe remains confident that captain Alan Browne will extend his contract at Deepdale.

The Lilywhites made an offer to the Ireland international towards the end of last year, but he is yet to sign on the dotted line. Browne, in September of last year, said he would be 'happy' to sign a new deal at Deepdale and he has since surpassed 400 appearances for the club.

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There was an approach from Serie A side, Salernitana, late in the January transfer window. PNE rejected that and remain hopeful that Browne, who has described North End as 'his club' in fairly recent interviews, will commit his future.

When asked for the latest, Lowe said: "Ask Alan Browne! We are fine. Listen, people can talk about it, but there is no news for me to talk about really. We have got a boss relationship, a great relationship and we speak on a daily basis. He knows what we want to do and that's fine. It is up to him. The ball is in his court, not ours. But, I am quite relaxed and so is he.

"Because, when he's performing to the levels he has, both sides are quite relaxed. I am sure, at one point, we will sit down and thrash something out. But, while we are here now, if you asked Browney the same thing, he would probably say he wants to just get the games out of the way - then sit down. So, he is our player until told otherwise and there's no news really."

When asked if there is a final offer on the table, or if the two parties are still in back-and-forth talks over a new deal, Lowe said: "It doesn't work like that. Browney knows where we are at with it, but players will want to ask for different things and I am sure there will be a conversation, sooner rather than later - about the in-depth bits of it. But, there is a contract offer on the table it is over to him really. Whether that's enough or not, I don't know. I am sure him and Peter can sit down and thrash it out.

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"If I am called upon, then I will go in there and be the peacemaker, or the deal breaker - whatever way you want to look at it. He's fine with it, we're fine with it and other people, outside, might be a little bit concerned. But, I don't think there is any concern on our part. He loves it here, doesn't he?! So, I don't see no reason why... unless someone comes along and gives him 50 grand a week, which I am not too sure will happen. But no, I am relaxed - he hasn't knocked on my door. He knows where we stand and we know where he stands. I am sure, at some point, it will be addressed. There's no panic on our behalf."

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