PNE winger Holmes joins Exeter

Lee Holmes in action for PNE against Rotherham in May last year

Lee Holmes in action for PNE against Rotherham in May last year

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Preston North End winger Lee Holmes has agreed a deal to join Exeter City when his contract ends at Deepdale next month.

Holmes, 28, spent the final two months of the season on loan with the Grecians and did enough in his eight games to earn a permanent move to Devon.

He joined North End on a Bosman from Southampton three years ago, making 75 appearances and scoring six goals.

This season, Holmes was limited to just eight minutes of first-team football at PNE.

A pectoral injury suffered on the first day of pre-season training set him back, with Holmes only returning to action in early October against Port Vale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

He had a loan spell with Portsmouth in December, then moved to Exeter on loan in March.

Holmes said: “There were some League One clubs interested, quite a few League Two clubs and I had some options to go abroad, but it was the choice to join Exeter that me and my family were really happy to make.”

He is the third player to depart North End this week, Jack King having joined Scunthorpe and Keith Keane going to Cambridge United.