PNE striker Hugill loaned to Tranmere

Preston striker Jordan Hugill
Preston striker Jordan Hugill
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Preston North End have loaned striker Jordan Hugill to Tranmere Rovers.

The 22-year-old has joined Rovers for 28 days in order to get match fitness after a lengthy injury lay-off.

He suffered knee cartilage damage in September and returned to training last month.

With a number of strikers available in the PNE squad, Simon Grayson felt it was best to let Hugill get a run of games instead of just making short cameo appearances from the bench.

The move to the Wirral sees him link-up with Rovers boss Micky Adams who signed him for Port Vale from non-league football.

Grayson said: “We had a few calls over the last week or so about Jordan, and, to be fair, I wasn’t going to let him out at all because I thought he could be in and around us and play a part.

“But that part may only be 10 or 15 minutes if at all because of the lads we have got that are already in front of him.

“I thought for his own benefit it would be good for him to go get 28 days of football and five or six games at Tranmere and I just felt it was a perfect fit geographically.

“He also knows Micky well and Micky knows him.”