PNE new boy Brad has bright future

Bradley Fewster in action for England Under-19s against Italy

Bradley Fewster in action for England Under-19s against Italy

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Preston North End loan star Bradley Fewster has got a very bright future ahead of him.

That is according to his youth coach at parent club Middlesbrough.

The 18-year-old moved to Deepdale shortly before the loan window closed yesterday after the Championship club agreed to lend him to North End for the remainder of the season.

But there is no doubt that the Teessiders will be keeping hold of the England youth international in the long term.

They have high hopes 
for the striker and believe 
he has got all the ingredients to have a successful 
career at the Riverside Stadium.

Fewster has bagged four goals in six appearances for Boro’s Under-21s this season and has also been a regular goalscorer for England Under-19s.

He was on target for Boro’s Under-21s on Monday night against Hull, scoring with an audacious back heel at the Riverside.

The youngster’s coach at the Riverside Paul Jenkins has been thrilled with his progress this year.

Jenkins said: “He works hard at training and in games, and in the final third and especially the 18-yard box he comes alive.

“It was a terrific finish against Hull.

“He’s a good professional and I know he’s hungry for success.”

The capture of Fewster came as something of a relief for Simon Grayson.

The North End boss had been eager to bring somebody in on loan to bolster his squad after the loss of star striker Joe Garner through injury and fellow front man Callum Robinson, who had been recalled back from his loan spell by Premier League outfit Aston Villa.

But as yesterday’s loan window deadline ticked towards 5pm, it appeared Grayson was going to draw a blank as a number of potential targets fell by the wayside.

At the time, there was some solace for Grayson as he had already secured a deal to bring former Leeds United and Everton striker Jermaine Beckford to the club on loan last week.

The Bolton Wanderers striker made his debut for North End in Tuesday night penalty shootout victory over Oldham Athletic in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Boundary Park

“It was not an ideal window in terms of clubs were not prepared to let their best players go out,” Grayson 
said.

“And the players who were being let out were the ones who had not been playing too much.

“Some of the players we went for would have improved us and had been playing regularly.

“The level of player that we are talking about would 
have enhanced us, but they chose to go to other clubs through geographical reasons.

“It is all part and parcel of what you have to deal with when you’re trying to bring in players to the club.

“You don’t just ring up a club and think you are going to get the player.

“We are not daft enough to think that.

“It’s just the situation that everybody wants to keep their good players around them.

“We are the same. Somebody rang me about a couple of our players but didn’t want to let them out because you need as many bodies around you as you can have.

“If I had this scenario earlier in the week then I probably would not have allowed Lee Holmes to go out on loan to Portsmouth.

“But we were very positive last week with the news that we had got Jermaine Beckford in.

“That was something which came out of the blue.

“I think if all this had have happened with Joe and Callum and we hadn’t have brought Jermaine in and the window had shut, then maybe there might have been a bit more panic setting in.”