Preston North End have confirmed that Motherwell hero Louis Moult and former Hearts winger Josh Ginnelly are to leave the club at the end of their contracts.

The Deepdale club signed Moult from Motherwell in December 2017 but he hasn’t played after a horrific knee injury in August 2019. He scored 49 goals in 98 games for Motherwell as he became a modern hero with iconic goals like the League Cup semi-final lob against Rangers.

Moult’s on the move. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Ginnelly meanwhile spent some time on loan at Hearts from Preston this season but his season was cut short due to injury. Tynecastle manager Robbie Neilson had confirmed talks were underway to see if Ginnelyly would like to stay at Hearts beyond the summer.

Preston manager Frankie McAvoy said: “Sometimes people need a fresh start in life. Louis and Billy Bodin have been a bit unfortunate with injuries. Louis scored against Wigan and then we went to Swansea, he looked great and we were thinking we are going to see the best of him.

“Unfortunately he then suffered that horrific injury. He’s now fit and ready to play. The unfortunate thing is that in the time he has lost, there are others we have got here who in my opinion are ahead of him at the moment,

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Ginnelly is too. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He needs to go and play, he is hungry to go and play football. Billy is similar. They need to go and find another home where they can try and flourish as footballers. I wish them all the best and I have the greatest respect for both of them.”

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