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Summer Transfer Window Round Up

9 August 2018

North End completed their final piece of summer business on deadline with the arrival of Lukas Nmecha on a season-long loan from Manchester City, Alex Neil's seventh signing of the window.

The Lilywhites bolstered their attacking options in the final week of the window, with Nmecha, and fellow Manchester City man Brandon Barker joining North End for the 2018/19 campaign.

You can find a round up of all of our summer business below.

Incomings

Ryan Ledson

Midfielder Ryan Ledson was the first through the door this summer, joining on a three-year deal from Oxford United.

The 20-year-old joined after a succesful 2017/18 campaign which saw him scoop the player of the year, young player of the year and goal of the season awards at the U’s end of season gala event.

The former Everton youngster made his PNE debut as a substitute against Queens Park Rangers in the 1-0 win on the opening day of the season.

Michael Crowe

Goalkeeper Michael Crowe became North End's second signing of the window, when he signed a two-year deal after ending his long assocation with Ipswich Town.

Crowe joined current goalkeepers Declan Rudd and Chris Maxwell in competing to be part of the matchday squad, while young goalkeeper Mathew Hudson headed out on loan to Bury.

The 22-year-old received his first international recognition last season when he was called up to Ryan Gigg's Wales squad for their China Cup matches.

Jordan Storey

PNE's third arrival came from Exeter City as young defender Jordan Storey put pen to paper on a four-year deal.

The Yeovil-born player came through the ranks at St James’ Park, breaking into the first team squad last season and retaining his place as the Grecians reached the Play-Off Final at Wembley.

He played in the successful semi-final games against Lincoln City, as well as starting against Coventry City under the arch at Wembley, finishing the campaign with 17 appearances and two goals for the side that was then managed by Paul Tisdale.

Graham Burke

Irishman Graham Burke joined a strong Irish contingent at North End when he signed from Shamrock Rovers, agreeing a three-year deal at Deepdale.

The Dublin-born player came through the same youth set up at Aston Villa as new team-mates Callum Robinson and Daniel Johnson, but returned to his home city, where he has scored 12 goals already this season for Rovers.

Before joining Alex Neil's side, he was called up for Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for the first time, alongside Robinson, Sean Maguire, Daryl Horgan and Alan Browne and marked his first start, against the USA, with his side’s equalising goal.

Andrew Hughes

Norht End completed their final permanent signing of the summer ahead of the return for pre-season, as Andrew Hughes agreed a three-year deal with the Lilywhites.

The defender joined from Peterborough United, where he made over 100 appearances in the past two years, scoring four goals.

The Cardiff-born defender impressed enough in pre-season to ensure a starting spot come the first game of the season, as he lined up for North End against Queens Park Rangers on the opening day.

Brandon Barker

Manchester City winger Brandon Barker signed for North End on a season-long loan from the Premier League champions earlier this week.

The 21-year-old put pen to paper on the year-long move from the Etihad and takes the No.21 shirt at Deepdale.

Brandon came through the Academy of City, playing for England at U18, U19 and U20 level. After a loan spell in Holland with NAC Breda in 2016/17, he spent last season on loan north of the border with Neil Lennon’s Hibernian, where he made 30 appearances, scoring twice.

Lukas Nmecha

Preston North End beat a host of clubs to sign Manchester City’s England U21 striker Lukas Nmecha on a season-long loan.

The German-born centre forward, who played in Aidy Boothroyd’s Toulon Tournament winning young Lions squad in the summer, and has played for England through all the age groups, also winning the EUROs in 2017 with the U19s.

He has been with City through their youth system for over a decade, making his senior debut for Pep Guardiola’s side in the EFL Cup in December 2017, scoring the third penalty in their penalty shootout win over Leicester City.

He made his Premier League debut in April 2018, as a late substitute for Gabriel Jesus against West Ham United at the London Stadium and was involved in several games during the 2018/19 pre-season tour in the USA, competing in the 2018 International Champions Cup. The 19-year-old scored his first goal at first team level in a 3-2 win over a strong Bayern Munich side.

Outgoings

Tommy Spurr

Defender Tommy Spurr joined Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan.The 30-year-old made five appearances for the Lilywhites last season, and joined the Cod Army in search for more regular game time.

Tommy made his debut for Joey Barton's side in their opening game of the season against AFC Wimbledon.

Greg Cunningham

Left back Greg Cunningham joined Premier League side Cardiff City in June for an undisclosed fee.

The Irish international was entering his final year of his contract with the Lilywhites, but despite the best efforts of the club, he did not want to sign a new deal and with the opportunity to play top tier football, the move was in the best interest of all parties.

Having captained the side last season, in the absence of Tom Clarke, the former PNE No.3 was a popular figure in the dressing room and on the terraces and left with the best wishes of everyone at Deepdale.

Mathew Hudson

Young goalkeeper Mathew Hudson signed a new two-year deal earlier in the summer before joining League Two side Bury on loan until 1st January 2019.

Hudson came through the Academy at PNE and joined the Shakers with the aim of regular first team football as he looks to build on his experience already gained at Deepdale.

Eoin Doyle

Striker Eoin Doyle has joined Bradford City in a permanent move for an undisclosed fee.

The Irishman joined the League One side after spending the 2017/18 season on loan at Oldham Athletic.

Doyle made 44 appearances for PNE after joining the club in the summer of 2016 following a loan spell at Deepdale during the 2015/16 season.


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