Date: 25th March 2020 at 7:00am
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There’s uncertainty over Fraser Preston’s contract as Sheffield Wednesday haven’t revealed when his deal expires – the Owls haven’t updated Preston’s Player Profile since he signed a first professional contract in 2016.

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That deal expired in the summer of 2019 and he signed an extension in July. The Sheffield Star said: “It is thought Preston has signed a one-year contract,” but Wednesday never officially confirmed the duration.

Transfermarkt have no date for his when his contract is up, but FIFA Index and Football Manager both say Preston’s contract expires in the summer of 2020, so he could be a free agent in the coming months.

Preston joined Sheffield Wednesday’s academy at U14 level and has risen through the youth ranks to the first-team, making four appearances in all competitions. His last outing came in the Owls’ 4-0 defeat to Norwich City in November 2018, so it’s hard to see him having a future at Hillsborough.

He’s impressed for the U23s this season, scoring in August 2019’s 3-1 win over Watford, October’s 5-1 win over Hull City, October’s 4-2 defeat to Bolton Wanderers, January 2020’s 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers, February’s 2-0 win over Barnsley and March’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United.

Whether Preston’s form for Wednesday’s reserves could see him earn a call-up to the first-team remains to be seen, however. Garry Monk has preferred Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri, Connor Wickham, Sam Winnall, Jordan Rhodes and Atdhe Nuhiu in attack, so an exit may be on the cards for the 21-year-old.

It seems Preston’s contract will be up in July and there doesn’t appear to be a new deal on the table, so his lengthy association with the Owls could end over the summer.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article