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Brownhill commits to North End

Preston teenager Josh Brownhill has pledged his future to the Sky Bet League One club until 2016 after signing a new deal.

The 18-year-old midfielder was picked up by North End after being released by Manchester United and has put pen to paper on his first professional contract, which has a two-and-a-half-year duration on it.

Brownhill has been sidelined by a groin injury recently but has made 17 appearances this season, scoring three goals, including the winner on his full debut at Gillingham.

"I'm delighted to be able to sign," said the teenager.

"My dream has always been to become a professional footballer and Preston North End have given me that opportunity, for which I'm really grateful.

"I was upset when I was released by Manchester United, but as soon as I was given the opportunity here I knew what a good club this was and I am glad I have been able to get this chance to prove what I am capable of."

Lilywhites boss Simon Grayson is excited that Brownhill's development will continue at Deepdale.

He added: "It is brilliant for Josh. He has worked extremely hard to get to where he is now and for us as a football club, for a young player to commit his future for as long as he has, speaks volumes about what he wants to achieve and where we are going as a football club.

"There has been a lot of speculation about teams watching him, and rightly so, because he is a good young English player with huge potential.

"He has got his head the right way round, in terms of not getting carried away by things and hopefully he will keep improving, which I am sure he will do, as I know he wants to."