New Preston North End contract for striker Ched Evans

Preston North End striker Ched Evans has signed a new two-year contract with the Lilywhites.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 11:18 am

The 32-year-old joined PNE from Fleetwood Town in January, initially on loan before signing a permanent deal in early February until the end of this season.

He's made 14 starts and two substitute appearances, scoring three goals.

Middlesbrough had been linked with a summer move for Evans on a Bosman, but the new deal takes that off the table.

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Preston North End striker Ched Evans in action against Brentford at Deepdale

Evans said: "I came here to make an impact and I feel like I have done that and I am really pleased with how it has gone – although more wins on the board would have been nicer."

Welshman Evans has started the last three games in a two-man forward line with Emil Riis.

The new deal takes him through to the summer of 2023.

North End interim head coach Frankie McAvoy said: "Ched has earned it for what he has done since he has been here.

"He has been a breath of fresh air, is an experienced player and since he came in he has been absolutely brilliant.

“Hard work and effort deserves to be rewarded in my eyes and anyone who has seen what Ched has provided and produced since he arrived, will think it is deserved. I am absolutely delighted for him and it is great news for Preston North End

“We have a lot of young players in the dressing room and for the younger front players he is someone they can learn about the game from. He has had a good career in the game and credit to him.”

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