By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

5th Jul, 2022 | 6:10pm

Ex-Liverpool wonderkid Ben Woodburn joins Preston in permanent deal

Ben Woodburn has left Liverpool to join Championship club, Preston North End on a permanent deal, the club has announced.

The Welsh international midfielder joins the Lancashire club on a one-year deal with the option of an extra year.

The club announced that the 22-year-old will join the club after his Liverpool contract expired at the beginning of July.

The club statement said: “Preston North End are delighted to confirm the signing of Ben Woodburn on a one-year deal, with the club having the option of an extra year.

“Following the expiration of his contract with Liverpool this summer, the 22-year-old has been on trial with PNE during the opening week of pre-season.

“The midfielder is a player Ryan Lowe has tried to sign at previous clubs, and with Ben having impressed in training and in the opening friendly against Bamber Bridge, in which he got on the scoresheet.”

Looking to get career back on track

Woodburn had a hot start to his career, and from a young age thrust his name into the limelight with his exciting performances.

He famously became the youngest-ever Liverpool goalscorer in 2016 in a league cup game against Leeds United.

He followed up that magical night with an equally momentous performance on his Wales international debut when he scored against Moldova soon after coming on as a substitute.

However, the Liverpool youth product failed to build on these sensational debuts and saw his career slowly fizzle out at Anfield.

Struggling to find game time, he went on loan to Blackpool and Hearts, but these also failed to impress and he now finds himself with a new chance to find game time at the Deepdale Stadium.

In an interview with the club upon signing, Woodburn said: “I’m very excited for the deal to be done.

“I’ve been on trial for a week now and things have gone pretty well, so I’m buzzing to get started as a Preston player.

“Obviously when I got called and told I could come and train, I was buzzing and I wanted to show the gaffer what I could do, luckily I’ve earned a contract out of it.”

In other Liverpool news, Rangers have beaten the Reds to the signing of this young star in the making.