Football | Alan Browne signs new Preston contract
Preston North End captain Alan Browne has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the club.
The Republic of Ireland international's new deal will run to 2024, the year which would mark a decade since Browne joined Preston from Cork City.
Browne, who has scored 35 goals in 273 appearances for the Championship club, says it is time to make the next step in his career.
The 25-year-old midfielder was named as Preston's player of the year in 2018 and was appointed club captain at Deepdale following Tom Clarke's departure in the summer.
Preston are currently 12th in the Championship, five points adrift of the play-off places.
"I've been here a long time and it's such a relief to get it over the line and have a few more years of me being at this fantastic club – hopefully we can make the next coming years successful," Browne told the club website.
"It's time to take the next step with my career. I had different opinions from different people and I wanted to gather as many opinions as I possibly could I felt that this was the right decision for me and hopefully I can progress with my own career, as well as with the football club."
Preston manager Alex Neil says Browne is the right skipper to lead the club forward.
"The fact that since Tom Clarke left, we have made Alan the captain, shows how him how high a regard we hold Alan.
"He has been an ever-present since I have been here and his will to win, what the club means to him, how long he has been there, he is the right guy to take that armband forward and I am delighted he has committed himself to doing that for the next few years."
Browne, who has won 11 senior international caps with the Boys in Green, plays alongside international teammates Sean Maguire and Jayson Molumby at Deepdale.
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