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Loan Watch: October 2023

13 October 2023

First Team News

Loan Watch: October 2023

13 October 2023

With a break from Sky Bet Championship action, we’ve taken a look at how five Preston North End players have been getting on in loan spells away from Deepdale.

Lewis Leigh has been a regular feature for Bromley in recent weeks and has impressed for the National League side since his loan move in September.


The midfielder has featured four times for Andy Woodman’s outfit, providing an assist on his first start for the club in a victory over Eastleigh, and he then followed that up again four days later with another in a 3-1 win against Gateshead.

However, two yellow cards in that match meant he missed the following league clash, but he went straight back into the starting XI for last weekend’s draw against York City.


Mikey O’Neill got off the mark for Southport last Saturday to help his side win 3-2 away from home against Bishop’s Stortford.

The attacker also assisted the goal which brought his side level at 2-2 in that fixture, picking up the ball on the halfway line and charging towards the edge of the area, before finding Josh Hmami who slotted home.

Mikey also assisted on his debut at the start of September in a home victory over Scarborough, which makes up part of a five-match unbeaten run in the National League North.


In the division below, James Pradic has featured on 13 occasions for Bamber Bridge, where he ended the previous campaign.

The goalkeeper – whose penalty saves at the end of last season helped them reach the Play-Off final – has impressed in the early stages of his current stay at Irongate, which he began with two clean sheets and a man of the match award in his second appearance.

Brig have made a mixed start to the campaign and sit 15th in the table.


Elsewhere in the Northern Premier League, young Kitt Nelson couldn’t have asked for a better start with Workington AFC.

After signing for them on Saturday 30th September, the 18-year-old came on as a second-half substitute and scored the winner for his side in the 77th minute, finishing calmly as the ball fell his way inside the area.

Kitt has started each of the two matches since for the Reds, although both have ended in defeat.


North End’s fifth and final player currently out on loan is striker Finlay Cross-Adair, who remains in hospital after suffering serious injuries in a road traffic accident last week. The club are continuing to support Finlay and his family during this time.

Like Kitt, Fin got off to a flying start with his loan club Annan Athletic – who play in Scottish League One – by netting on his debut against Montrose.

Since then, the young striker has gone on to take his appearance tally to seven with the Galabankies.

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