Preston North End’s Alan Browne has on Thursday been rewarded for his fine club form with a new three-year deal.
Having played 31 times for the Deepdale club in the Championship last season, the midfielder, who this summer earned his first senior Ireland cap, is quickly building a reputation for himself in the north-west, alongside a healthy contingent of fellow Irishmen.
With as many as five other central midfielders to compete for game time against, the above appearance stat is no mean feat, and will be a figure he will surely only improve on this season.
Signing from Cork City in 2014, Browne has made significant improvements year on year and is delighted that the club are acknowledging his continual development.
“I think every year since I’ve been here, I have agreed a new contract and it is great for me to know that the club is putting that confidence in me and hopefully I can return that to the club,” the 22-year-old told Preston’s official website.
“I have come a long way since I joined. There have been a lot of ups and downs and it has just been great for me overall to progress like I have and now to continue to do so under the new manager is something exciting for me.”
With Alex Neil now in charge, Browne has a clean slate to start from again but if his development over the last season, in particular, has been anything to go by the Ringmahon Rangers youth player will have no problem making his mark this term again.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena