David Nugent returns to Preston more than a decade after leaving Deepdale for Portsmouth

David Nugent has returned to Preston – 12 years after leaving the club for Pompey.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 1:08 pm
David Nugent hoists the FA Cup aloft during the open-top bus parade in 2008. Picture: Joe Pepler/ Portsmouth FC

The Lilywhites have agreed to re-sign the striker following his release from Derby earlier this summer.

Nugent departed Deepdale for Fratton Park when he was signed by Harry Redknapp for £6m in 2007. 

Despite the then-Blues boss admitting he’d be willing to sell the forward after just two games into the season, Nugent went on to spend four years on the south coast.

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The Liverpudlian's goal in the 1-0 FA Cup third-round win at Ipswich in January 2008 proved key, as Pompey went on to memorably lift the silverware after defeating Cardiff City 1-0 in the final at Wembley. 

In total, Nugent netted 20 times in 93 appearances before joining Leicester in 2011.

And following spells with Middlesbrough and Derby, he’s back at North End.