The 24-year-old signed a short-term contract with the Lilywhites in January, but after his seven appearances under Ryan Lowe between January and the end of the 2021-22 season Championship season, Diaby has put paper on a new two-year contract.
This will keep him at Deepdale until the summer of 2024 and it represents a dramatic change in fortunes for the Senegal centre-back.
Diaby arrived in England in the summer of 2019, signing for Barnsley from Belgian side Lokeren, but after failing a drugs test in January 2020 he was eventually banned from football for a two-year period. – despite testing positive for higenamine, he was discovered. ingested the substance without knowing it.
Before his ban expired earlier this year, Diaby began training with North End, and he showed enough in his appearances over the past season to warrant being offered a new contract at Deepdale. .
Although prone to error, Diaby offers something no other PNE defender has – strength and pace in abundance.
The Senegalese centre-half got the better of many forwards in his North End appearances last season in a running rush, meaning if he makes mistakes he can more often than not make up for it by chasing the opposition .
Diaby is by no means the finished article – Ryan Lowe made that clear when he revealed he will be offered a new contract.
But if Lowe can fix Diaby’s mistakes, then North End could have a very strong trump card in their hands.