Another striker on the way for PNE

Jordan Hugill has signed a two-year deal
Jordan Hugill has signed a two-year deal
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Preston North End will look to follow up Jordan Hugill’s arrival by signing another striker this weekend.

Hugill’s move from Port Vale on a two-year deal went through late yesterday and the Lilywhites want to do more business quickly.

It is understood that their next target is more experienced than Hugill, who only broke into league football last summer.

And they are already a good way down the road in landing who they want.

PNE agreed an undisclosed compensation fee with Vale for 22-year-old Hugill.

Although he was out of contract at the Burslem club, they were entitled to recompense as he is under the age of 24.

Vale had offered him a new deal but he turned that down in favour of a switch to Deepdale.

Hugill’s switch did not end up involving North End 
centre-half Paul Huntington moving in the opposite direction.

The Valiants were keen to take him in part-exchange but he turned the chance down.

Huntington has a year left on his Deepdale contract and is keen to fight for his place.

The former Newcastle, Leeds and Yeovil defender was a regular in the side up until January.

But since the 3-2 FA Cup replay victory over Ipswich Town, his only appearance was as a substitute against Carlisle in April.

Hugill is regarded as a raw talent by the North End coaching staff as opposed to the finished article.

Commenting on his third summer signing, PNE boss Simon Grayson said: “He’s not a household name but what he is, he’s going to be competition for the squad.

“Jordan is young, he’s raring to go, hungry – he’s a strong, powerful player.

“He has got many attributes that will help us along the way this season and complement the squad well.”

As well as making a swoop for a second striker, North End are also expecting Neil Kilkenny to sign a new contract over the weekend.

Talks have been taking place with the Australian midfielder’s agent in recent weeks.

Kilkenny joined PNE on loan from Bristol City last November before making the move permanent on a short-term deal in January.

Meanwhile, North End’s visit to Vale in April has been brought forward by a day.

They were scheduled to visit Vale Park on Saturday, April 18. But it will now be on the Friday night due to a fixture clash with Vale’s Potteries neighbours Stoke – police and stewarding issues mean they rarely play on the same day.

When there is a clash between two clubs in such circumstances, the Premier League side has priority.

Another of PNE’s matches in April has also changed date.

Their Deepdale clash with Rochdale has moved forward by 24 hours to Good Friday – April 3 – with a 3pm kick-off.

That will give them extra recovery time ahead of the Easter Monday visit to Bradford City.

l North End supporters have until 5pm tomorrow to buy season tickets at launch price.