Preston reward McKenna
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Midfielder Paul McKenna has penned a new deal with Preston North End.In what is his testimonial year at Preston North End, Paul McKenna has penned a new deal that will keep him at the Championship outfit until 2009.
The 28-year-old is a rare example of a one-club man and has made 322 appearances for North End in a lengthy career at Deepdale, as well as being an ever-present in the league so far this season.
The midfielder has committed his future just weeks after Graham Alexander, Brian O'Neil and Chris Lucketti decided to do the same, and boss Billy Davies has expressed his delight at securing McKenna's services for an extended period.
"I think Paul McKenna is a very influential player for Preston North End and has been for a number of years now," Davies said.
"He is a wonderful midfielder and proved that last season which culminated in him being named as the PFA Fans' Player of the Season and we are just delighted to have Paul involved in the next couple of years and we're looking forward to him helping North End to great things.
"It is always possible when you are dealing with a talent such as Paul that other clubs will be interested. He is a superb talent and he is at a very good age and I think he can only get better and better.
"He has given Preston wonderful service and in his testimonial year we are all delighted to secure his future and now we are looking forward to him producing more good performances and more goals."
McKenna himself professed his delight at having the chance to secure his future despite already having a long term deal at Deepdale.
"With having two-and-a-half years left on my contract they didn't need to do anything but they have come to me and extended my deal and given me a reward for my service," McKenna told the club's official website.
"It's nice to get your future sorted and be able to concentrate on your football and that is now the case for me."