PNE sign right-back Vermijl

Marnick Vermijl has joined PNE

Marnick Vermijl has joined PNE

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Preston North End have signed Sheffield Wednesday right-back Marnick Vermijl on a season-long loan.

The Belgium Under-21 international will begin training with his new team-mates on Friday and is available for Sunday’s Championship opener against Middlesbrough at Deepdale.

Vermijl started his career as a junior player at Standard Liege in Belgium before joining the youth ranks at Manchester United in 2010.

He made his United debut in a Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle in September 2012.

The 23-year-old spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Dutch club NEC before returning to United last season where he made a fuether first-team appearance in the Capital One Cup.

Vermijl joined Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee in January and made 11 appearances for them in the Championship last term.

North End manager Simon Grayson said: “We were made aware that Marnick could be available right at the start of the summer.

“At the time it didn’t look like we could do a deal, so people are well aware we looked at other options.

“However, in football things change quickly and despite the complexities of a deal that has been on and off in the last week, we are delighted to get it done.

“He had a fantastic upbringing at Manchester United, learning and developing from the best in players and staff in the world, before his move to Sheffield Wednesday.

“He can play as an orthodox right back and as a wing-back.

“When you’ve been a Manchester United player you have got to be able to handle the ball; we want him to join in with play when needed to as well as defend.

“You need to be athletic to be a full back in the modern day and he can do all of these things and hopefully we can improve him while he is with us and he can be an asset to us.”

Vermijl, who was on stand-by for the Belguim World Cup squad last year, will wear the No.2 shirt at Preston.