Former Preston North End, Man United and Ipswich Town man now free agent at 28

Josh Harrop celebrates scoring for Preston North End. Picture: Getty.Josh Harrop celebrates scoring for Preston North End. Picture: Getty.
Josh Harrop celebrates scoring for Preston North End. Picture: Getty.
A former Preston North End midfielder is tasked with finding a new club this summer following his release.

Former Preston North End midfielder Josh Harrop is a free agent once again after his contract at Cheltenham Town wasn't renewed.

The 28-year-old joined the Robins on a short-term deal on January 22 but he won't be staying at Whaddon Road following their relegation from League One. He made 13 appearances after joining but 12 of those were as a substitute and he was unused in their final two matches.

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Harrop was a free agent for six months before joining Cheltenham Town after being released by Northampton Town. He had been training with Cheltenham and was one of Darrell Clarke's first signings, with the Gloucestershire outfit undeterred by him only playing twice for the Cobblers.

In a message to Harrop and the other players released, Cheltenham Town said: “Everyone at the club would like to thank all of the departing players for their efforts and wish them the very best of luck in their future careers.”

Harrop had a longer stint at Preston North End, spending five years as a player at Deepdale. He made 95 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals and five assists after making the decision to leave Manchester United.

During his time at Preston, he was loaned out twice to Ipswich Town and then Fleetwood Town who were both in League One. He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury 11 games in to his second campaign and despite going on to appear 32 times the following season, he fell out of favour under Alex Neil and then Frankie McAvoy.

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