PNE swoop for Eagles defender McCarthy

Paddy McCarthy in action for Bolton
Paddy McCarthy in action for Bolton
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Preston North End have signed Crystal Palace centre-half Paddy McCarthy on loan.

The 32-year-old went straight into the Lilywhites defence for the Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

North End made their move to sign the Irishman after Paul Huntington failed to recover from a hamstring strain - Huntington had been pencilled in to replace the suspended Bailey Wright.

McCarthy began his career as a trainee at Manchester City before joining Leciester City for £100,000.

A £650,000 move took him to Charlton before he signed for Palace in June 2008, McCarthy having time as skipper at Selhurst Park.

Last season, he had spells on loan with Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers.

McCarthy, who has not played for Palace this season, has come to Preston on a 93-day loan, the maximum permitted during the Football League’s loan window.

He takes the number of loan players in the PNE squad to six, together with Jordan Pickford, Will Keane, Marnick Vermijl, Eoin Doyle and Adam Reach.

Clubs can name five loanees in a match-day squad, Vermijl missing out today as part of the terms of his loan move from Wednesday.