PNE sign winger Reach on loan

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Preston North End have signed Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach on a 93-day loan.

The 22-year-old has attracted the attention of a number of Championship clubs, including today’s opponents Wolves.

He goes straight into the starting XI to face Wolves at Deepdale.

Chester-le-Street-born Reach came through Boro’s youth ranks and made his first-team debut for them in 2011.

He had loan spells with Darlington, Shrewsbury and Bradford before forcing his way into regular contention at the Riverside Stadium last season.

Reach made 46 appearances for Boro last term as they reached the Championship play-off final.

He started The Teesiders’ goalless draw against North End at Deepdale on the opening day of the season.

But his chances since then have been restricted, with him making six appearances, the latest of those as a substitute in Boro’s 3-0 Capital Cup One win over Wolves on Tuesday night.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka spoke on Friday about the need for Reach to be loaned to the ‘right’ club.

Karanka said: “I cannot guarantee him to play here as we have another two players now and Reachy is young.

“He’s got a bright future so we’re working to send him him to the right place.

“Reachy is the kind of player who needs to play - he deserves to play.”

During his time at North End, Reach will wear the No.32 shirt.