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Preston defender Sean St Ledger fully committed to club

Sean St Ledger
St Ledger has made 151 appearances for Preston

Preston defender Sean St Ledger has reassured the club's supporters he is fully committed to helping North End's promotion push.

The Republic of Ireland international, who was linked with a move to Celtic in January, spent three months on loan at Middlesbrough earlier in the season.

"I'm 100% committed to Preston," St Ledger told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"Darren Ferguson's come here and been brilliant. He's a great man manager and deals with the lads in the right way."

The 25-year-old defender, who is currently captain in the absence of the injured Callum Davidson, was due to move to Middlesbrough on a permanent basis after initially moving to the Riverside on loan in September.

But St Ledger refused to explain the reasons behind his return to Deepdale after the £4.5m transfer broke down.

"I can't really answer that at the moment," he said. "There's obviously things going on in the background so I'm sure it'll come out sooner or later.

"I thoroughly enjoyed it there. They had a great set of lads and made me feel really settled and I learned a lot from that period.

"But for whatever reasons I'm back at Preston and enjoying it. We just need to sacrifice everything now for the last nine weeks of the season and try and kick on.

I have got ambitions to play higher but I'm here, and I feel like I've given my all in every game

Preston defender Sean St Ledger

"I have got ambitions to play higher but I'm here at the moment and I feel like I've given my all in every game. So although speculation will always be there, it's just a case of getting on with it and whatever happens happens."

St Ledger also revealed he mulled over a potential move to Celtic during the January transfer window.

"It's definitely something I'd have considered," said the Birmingham-born player.

"They're a big club and the chance of playing in the Champions League would've been great, but it didn't happen and it's not the end of the world."

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