PNE defender is loaned out

PNE defender Josh Heaton
PNE defender Josh Heaton
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Preston North End defender Josh Heaton has joined Tamworth on loan.

Heaton, who hails from Penwortham, signed his first professional contract in the summer after coming through PNE's academy.

The 19-year-old will use his time with the National League North side to get more first-team experience under his belt.

He spent a chunk of last season with Tamworth and impressed during his time with the Lambs.

Heaton was an unused substitute in PNE's 3-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in October.

He is one of seven players currently loaned out by North End, together with Andy Little, Kyel Reid, Jamie Jones, Nick Anderton, Jack Ryan and Steven James.