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Officially official: Kevin Davies signs for Preston North End

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Stu Forster

Bolton Wanderers legend Kevin Davies has found a new club, officially signing for Preston North End this morning on a two-year deal. Davies, who played over 400 games for Bolton Wanderers, was released this summer after he was out of contract with the Trotters, having spent nearly ten years with the club. His transfer saga lasted a total of six-and-a-half months as it was made public knowledge that Davies would not get a new contract back in March.

Kevin Davies knew that he wanted to keep playing rather than transition into coaching at this stage. He has been handed the number 9 shirt, signing a two year deal with Preston North End. He reportedly turned down offers from a number of other clubs, including those in the Championship. Sheffield Wednesday were one of those clubs hot on his heels.

Preston North End finished the 2012/13 League One season in 14th place, having been mid-table in just about every regard. Super Kevin Davies will play that traditional number 9 role as he has done for so long, looking to set up goals across the team while chipping in with a few himself.

The move keeps Kevin Davies local and also means that Bolton Wanderers will not have to face off against a club great. He is expected to make his debut this coming weekend as Preston take Liverpool on in a friendly.