Kilkenny pens new Preston deal

Former Socceroo Neil Kilkenny has signed a new two-year deal with Preston North End admitting he didn’t want to go anywhere else.

Kilkenny joined Preston on loan from Bristol City in November, making the switch permanent two months later.

He made 32 appearances for the Lilywhites, helping them into the League One playoffs where the club was beaten by Rotherham.

An Arsenal junior who has played for Birmingham City, Oldham Athletic and Leeds United, Kilkenny is pleased to be staying at Deepdale.

“I always wanted to stay at Preston,” he told FourFourTwo.

“I was happy there last season and it’s a good club. Hopefully we’ll get promoted this season.”

At Preston Kilkenny has reunited with manager Simon Grayson, who he played for at Leeds United.

Deepdale has been a welcome change for the 28-year old after being frozen out at Bristol City last year.

“I’m so glad that I’m working for Simon again,” Kilkenny said.

“He’s a very good manager who knows how to get clubs promoted.”

Kilkenny made his debut for the Socceroos in 2006 and has 14 caps for Australia.

The midfielder, who represented Australia at the 2008 Olympics and in the 2011 Asian Cup, thought that the Socceroos played well in Brazil.

“I’m sure that will give the younger players some experience for the future,” Kilkenny said.