Preston face fight for Treacy
Preston could struggle to keep hold of Keith Treacy after he admitted he wants to play above League One.
Last Updated: 30/05/11 7:18pm
Preston could face a battle to keep hold of Keith Treacy this summer after he admitted he wants to play at a higher level than League One.
The 22-year-old winger has been linked with moves to Ipswich, Burnley and Nottingham Forest following North End's relegation from the Championship.
Republic of Ireland international Treacy says he has discussed his future with manager Phil Brown, and admits he could be tempted by a switch to the Championship or even the top flight.
He told the Lancashire Evening Post: "We had a meeting and he's just put a price on my head and said, 'if it gets met, all well and good, we won't hold you back'.
"We'll have to wait and see now if a club is interested or what's going to happen but I'm hopeful, yeah, because I want to play at the highest level I possibly can.
"I feel maybe the Championship or the Premiership at a push would be ideal for me. I think I'm a little bit better than League One if I'm being honest."
Despite Treacy's claim that Preston have given him a price tag, the club's chairman, Maurice Lindsay, insists they are desperate to keep him at Deepdale.
Lindsay said: "We will only be letting players go if it suits us.
"I would be totally against Keith Treacy leaving, he is such an exciting player on the ball and can be a prolific goalscorer from the wing when he's on form."