Preston defender Michael Hart has left the npower Championship outfit after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

The Scottish full-back, signed from Aberdeen in January 2008, made only 17 league starts for the Lilywhites in a two-and-a-half injury-ravaged years at Deepdale.

He was placed on the transfer list in May and is widely expected to return to his native Scotland, with Hibernian understood to be leading the chase for his signature.

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