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Neil - I Want May Stay

Neil - I Want May Stay

Alex Neil has made it clear he wants Stevie May to remain at Preston.

Having already turned down an offer from Aberdeen before Simon Grayson left Neil suggested the former Sheffield Wednesday forward had a future at North End under him.

Neil again stressed he knows what May's capable of - having played alongside and then managed him at Hamilton - and wants him to stay at Deepdale and 'fight for his place.'

He told BBC Scotland: 'I know the form he can get himself into - and we want him to get back to those levels. He's had a horrendous time with injury and we're hoping to get him fit and firing. He didn't get a lot of game time last season and I've already had a chat with Stevie. I want him to stay and fight for his place.'

May was just eight games into his Preston career when he suffered a career threatening knee ligament injury in November 2015 but worked his way back to fitness to feature a few times before the end of last season.

He scored 25 goals in 33 games during his spell at Hamilton and Neil is confident May can return to that sort of goalscoring form.

It'll take hard work and effort but having already put plenty of that in the boss wants the Scottish international, 24, to continue doing so in pre-season and it'll be taken from there.

Adding: 'It will take a lot of hard work because he's been out for a long time but I believe we can get him there. He's not a player I want to lose. We'll see how pre-season goes and give it a crack and see if he can force his way into our plans.'

The forward, who scored in the opening friendly win on Friday, is under contract at Deepdale until next summer - assuming he doesn't leave and can impress during pre-season Neil would be expected to offer May an extended deal.

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Date:Sunday July 9 2017
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