Paul Arnold has signed a further two-year contract extension at Preston Grasshoppers keeping him at the club until 2021. Photo Credit: Mike Craig.

The Hoppers head coach recently put pen to paper on a deal which tied Arnold down until the end of this upcoming season, but the Lancashire club decided to increase their initial proposal.

Arnold moved to Lightfoot Green at the beginning of the 2017/18 season from Fylde and immediately guided Preston back to National Two North in his first campaign in charge.

The club are now looking to build on what they achieved last year and stabilise themselves back in the fourth tier of English rugby with Arnold at the helm.

Speaking to the club’s website, Arnold said :“I am really pleased to be committing myself to the club for the next three seasons. It’s a real family club, a fantastic club with proper rugby people involved throughout.

“The plans off the field are impressive and I am looking forward to helping us to grow as a club on the field at 1st XV level.

“Joining Hoppers was a fresh start for both parties and myself, Emma and my family have all been made to feel part of the Hoppers family and really enjoyed becoming part of the club.

“We know this season is going to be more difficult at a higher level than last season, but we can’t wait for the season to start. I would like to thank everyone behind the scenes for their continued support and for making my job easier. We are very lucky to have so many committed volunteers at our great club”.

Preston begin the new season away to Chester on September 1st .