Preston have released Ian Ashbee after reaching a financial settlement with the midfielder over the remainder of his contract.
Phil Brown says his "work was cut out" even before Preston's game with Stevenage after several late withdrawals.
Preston captain Ian Ashbee has declared himself unfit for the start of the League One campaign because of a knee problem.
Ian Ashbee has been appointed as the new club captain of Preston North End ahead of the new League One season.
Preston North End have finalised the signing of Ian Ashbee on an 18-month contract from Hull City.
Hull City manager Nigel Pearson has revealed Ian Ashbee handed in a transfer request on Friday.
Skysports.com understands Preston boss Phil Brown is planning a reunion with Hull midfielder Ian Ashbee.
Hull City are hoping Ian Ashbee and Daniel Ayala will be fit for Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.
Nigel Pearson is sweating on the fitness of skipper Ian Ashbee ahead of Hull City's clash with QPR.
Leeds have hit out at the decision not to punish Ian Ashbee over his clash with Luciano Becchio.
Hull City captain Ian Ashbee has revealed that he was advised by a specialist to consider retirement.
Hull City manager Nigel Pearson says stricken captain Ian Ashbee is nearing a full return to playing.
Hull City captain Ian Ashbee expects to lead his team out on the opening day of the new season.
Hull City midfielder Ian Ashbee has revealed he is moving a step closer towards his playing comeback.
Hull City manager Phil Brown has played down fears about the long-term fitness of captain Ian Ashbee.
Hull City boss Phil Brown is refusing to rule out Ian Ashbee playing again before the end of the season.
Hull have confirmed captain Ian Ashbee has signed a new one-year deal at the KC Stadium
Hull City midfielder Ian Ashbee is pleased that Nick Barmby has been given the captain's armband.
Ian Ashbee is still determined to play football in the top flight, despite a serious knee injury.
Hull City have confirmed that club captain Ian Ashbee is set for a further nine months on the sidelines.
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