England international goalkeeper Richard Wright has quit Preston just a week after moving to Deepdale, citing homesickness.
The former Arsenal man needed just a few days in Lancashire to decide that it was no Suffolk.
He told Preston’s website: “It might seem somewhat dramatic, but I have only been away from my home in East Anglia for a few days and I know already that I simply cannot live that far away from my family.
“I have children settled in school, so moving isn’t an option. I think it is only fair to be honest now rather than down the line when the club may not be able to solve the problem that I am creating.”
To be fair to PNE, they seem to have taken the situation very well, granted Wright his wish and taking a very sympathetic stance on the whole situation.
Manager Graham Westley said: “It takes a brave man to be honest in a difficult situation like this. Richard thought he could handle the separations from his family, but he has found it too much.
“He is a good man and I wish him well on behalf of all at PNE.”
OTP does hold some suspicions that Wright’s departure might actually be due to late night text messages disrupting his sleep patterns.