Scott Sinclair trains with Chelsea after leaving Preston North End

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Scott Sinclair has been without a club since leaving Preston North End this summer.

His two-and-a-half-year stint with the club fell through last season as he failed to fit into the 3-5-2 formation adopted by Frankie McAvoy and Ryan Lowe; Sinclair is not a winger and hasn’t really worked as a forward.

It wasn’t a surprise to see him leave the club after his contract expired but it’s a surprise that in mid-September he was still without a club.

Now 33, the former Celtic player has returned to one of his other former clubs for training to stay fit in the hope that another contract elsewhere is imminent.

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Sinclair posted a photo of him training with Chelsea, one of the first clubs in his career. He joined Chelsea in 2005 aged 16, but first-team opportunities were hard to come by.

Sinclair had six loan spells away from Stanford Bridge before eventually leaving to join Swansea City permanently. It was in Wales that his career started before later playing for Manchester City, Celtic and of course Preston North End.

Sinclair won’t be able to demand the salary he’s already seen in his career, but he can certainly still do some work in the Championship, League One or even the Scottish Premier League.

Sinclair’s fitness was never really an issue at Preston and he was our top scorer of the season behind closed doors.

The pandemic has limited Preston fans’ chances of seeing Sinclair in action, but at the time of his signing in January 2020 under Alex Neil, it was quite a club statement.

It didn’t work out as expected, but for us signing such a prestigious player is a rarity.

Every team needs that type of player who can produce something out of nowhere. While it hasn’t happened as often as we would have liked for Sinclair, I’m sure he still has a lot to give for the rest of his career.

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Richard V. Johnson