Strickland handed PNE chance

Young United defender earns Deepdale opportunity

Irvine: Strickland chance

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Preston have handed young defender Kenny Strickland the chance to earn a contract at Deepdale.

The Manchester United full-back has joined Alan Irvine's side on a work experience deal from the Old Trafford giants.

Strickland was handed his first chance to impress during Wednesday's reserve team clash against Tranmere, with Rovers emerging as 1-0 winners.

The match also saw three of Preston's long-term absentees make a return to action with Neal Trotman, Wayne Henderson and Liam Chilvers all involved.

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Chilvers was taken off at half-time as a precaution due to a neck injury he sustained earlier in the week, but Henderson and Trotman managed the full 90 minutes.

Henderson, who is returning to action after back surgery, told the club's official website: "I'm as close now as I'm ever going to be.

"I just need to get a few games under my belt quickly and get in the manager's face.

"The games have been going well and it gives me a chance to get out and show what I can do and show that I'm going in the right direction."