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Last Updated: Monday, 28 June, 2004, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
Fuller can leave Preston
Ricardo Fuller
Fuller wants to leave Deepdale
Preston have accepted a written transfer request from striker Ricardo Fuller, confirming the worst fears of North End fans.

The Jamaica international turned down a lucrative contract extension earlier this season and will be able to leave Deepdale on a free transfer next year.

"We have to be realistic," chairman Derek Shaw told the club's website.

"There is no point holding on to a player who is not 110 per cent behind the club and his team-mates."

Manager Craig Brown said: "I am naturally very disappointed. Apparently, Ricardo is very impatient to get into the bigger money.

"It is a blow to lose one of the better players, but we will press on as a matter of urgency to find a suitable replacement.

"As things stand, there are no bids on the table for Ricardo, but obviously we would expect some interest now the board have accepted his request."

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