PNE striker Hume joins the Cod Army

Preston North End's Iain Hume

Preston North End's Iain Hume

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Preston North End striker Iain Hume has signed for Fleetwood Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old joins a large ex-PNE contingent at the Highbury Stadium including Cod Army boss Graham Alexander who was a Deepdale team-mate.

Hume has found first-team chances hard to come by this season, making 11 starts and nine substitute appearances - his last start was the 2-0 defeat to Wolves in January.

Lilywhites boss Simon Grayson said: “A few weeks ago we made a decision not to let any more players out on loan but things have changed.

“Iain came to see me and said he was getting frustrated about the situation.

“I could fully understand that because he has not been featuring much.

“He has slightly fallen behind one or two others and this loan will benefit both him and us in terms of Iain getting some games of football under his belt.

“This is a football decision which we both agreed on.

“It is never easy for players when they are not in the 18-man squad for a match and have previously been used to playing.

“There is no other motive for it, this is purely for football reasons.”

North End have a recall option on Hume after the first 28 days of the loan.

Hume, a £350,000 signing from Barnsley in September 2010, spent the majority of last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers.

The Canada international returned to North End last summer and has scored twice - in September’s 2-1 home win over Swindon and then the winner at Notts County in October.

He is out of contract in the summer.

Fleetwood are pushing for promotion from League Two and currently sit in fourth place and four points off the automatic places.

One of the strikers he could partner there is Jon Parkin, the pair having to linked-up to good effect in Hume’s early days at North End.