Paul Gallagher says his permanent move to Preston North End from Leicester City was a “no-brainer” after signing a two-year deal with the club.The 30-year-old played a pivotal role in North End's promotion to the Sky Bet Championship last season while on a season-long loan, with his most recent appearance coming in the League 1 Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium.
That was his second successful loan stay at Deepdale and, after what was effectively a two-year temporary stay, his move has been made permanent.
"Being here last year and witnessing what happened and with the team spirit and the staff that we have here it was a no-brainer.
"I said to the people that look after me that I wanted to speak to Preston first and see what they wanted to do and what they wanted to offer and there was interest, but I wanted to come here and now it's done and I'm looking forward to the season in the Championship."
Preston have also been boosted by the news that striker Joe Garner has signed a new three-year contract.
He was the club's top scorer last term, bagging 27 goals en route to the Championship despite missing part of the season through injury.
"I'm over the moon to have signed,” Garner, who grew up as a North End fan, said.
“As soon as the offer was there, I didn't want to go anywhere else. I'm happy here, I love the club and I'm just looking forward to next year now.
"The fans are brilliant here, they've been brilliant with me for the past two years so I'm just happy to sign another three years and hopefully I can carry on where I left off.”