Davies releases duo
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Preston will release goalkeeper Gavin Ward and young striker Mark Jackson this summer.
Preston North End will release veteran goalkeeper Gavin Ward and young striker Mark Jackson this summer.
Both players have found themselves on the fringe of boss Billy Davies' squad, and have failed to appear for the club this season.
The 35-year-old Ward, who moved to Deepdale from Coventry City in July 2004 and has been restricted to just eight appearances for The Lilywhites, has provided excellent cover for the team's first choice keepers in his time at North End.
"He's been a great servant to this club both on and off the pitch," Davies reflected. "He is a tremendous person and has been a first class professional.
"With Andy Lonergan closing in on a return and the emergence of young Chris Neal we feel it only right that Gavin should be able to move on to play first team football, that is the very least he deserves."
Youngster Jackson, meanwhile, is at the other end of his career, but has also struggled to make an impact on the first team.
He made just one start for the Lancashire side, in the League Cup in October 2004, and has had loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Southport this season.
"Jacko needs to be playing games," Davies said. "He is getting to the stage in his career where he needs to be playing regularly and that is not something that is possible here at Preston."
The Deepdale manager is trying to strengthen his squad, after the team went so close to earning Premiership promotion this season.