Bailey Wright inks new deal with Preston North End
With six years already under his belt at Deepdale, the Australian is the longest-serving player for the Championship new boys.
The Lilywhites won promotion, defeating Swindon Town 4-0 in May and Manager Simon Grayson was delighted to have another one of the club’s Wembley heroes locked in for the tough campaign ahead.
Grayson told the club’s website: “Bailey had a clause in his contract that we activated at the end of last season extending his stay, however, we were keen to do a new deal and I am delighted he has signed.
“I have seen Bailey develop as a player since I arrived at the club and with a full pre-season under his belt we look forward to even more from him in the Championship.”
Injury has kept Wright’s Socceroo appearances to just three caps but he was recalled to the national team squad for the 2-1 World Cup qualifier win against Kyrgyzstan in June.
With his national team hopes heading in the right direction, North End’s Young Player of the Year for 2012/13 said he was pleased to have settled his club future.
“I've been here for six years now and I'm looking forward to making that eight at least,” Wright told the club’s website.
"There's been some ups and downs but it's great to see the last few seasons we're certainly on the up obviously with the promotion last year.
"We're all looking forward to Championship football now and the challenge that lies ahead and it's nice to be a part of it and give it a good go and to know I will be here for a few more years."
He added: "We had a great bunch of boys here last year, and it's very much the same this year.
“The club's done well to keep a lot of people and there's people signing new contracts and we've made loans from last year permanent so it's a great bunch of boys.
"We've got a good squad and we've got a good feel about the place with the boys we've got, we want to win games and win football matches, no matter what league we are in.
"I'm sure there will still be some new faces to come but I'm delighted with how things are going and how everyone's enjoying pre-season and looking forward to the season ahead."
Wright made his senior debut for the Lilywhites in 2010 and has notched up almost 150 first team appearances. He sad the next step for the club was cementing their place in the Championship.
"The beauty of being a footballer is to test yourselves against better teams, in better leagues, and especially here in England you've got that possibility to climb up the leagues and play against big teams,” he said.
"Obviously we had a good season last year, and went up the best way possible through the play-ffs and now we are looking to prove ourselves back in the Championship.
"We don't want to just be one of those teams that's there just for the season, we want to establish ourselves back in the Championship, like the club was and there's no reason why we can't.
"Obviously I had a slight taste of it four years ago and it was nice to be involved in the Championship but we didn't do very well that season. You want to experience that Championship in a good season and that's by winning games and that's what we want to do this season."