PNE to land winger Barkhuizen

PNE's new signing Tom BarkhuizenPNE's new signing Tom Barkhuizen
PNE's new signing Tom Barkhuizen
Preston North End have agreed to sign former Morecambe winger Tom Barkhuizen.

The 23-year-old, who left the Shrimps last week, has signed a pre-contract agreement at Deepdale and will be eligible to play from January 1.

North End and Morecambe have struck a compensation deal, the League Two club having retained their right to claim training compensation when cancelling his contract by mutual consent.

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Barkhuizen said: "I'm really excited about this, obviously I can't play until January but I will get myself right and ready for the first game I can play in.

"Not being able to play until January could work in my favour really because it usually takes a few weeks to settle in anyway.

"I think the January transfer window is an awkward time to move as is it, so I'll have that settling-in period now, get used to how the lads play and how the team play.

"Over the last 18 months at Morecambe getting regular game time, I feel I have improved as a player massively, my all-round game has improved.

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"Hopefully this time back in the Championship I will be able to show that I'm a better player than when I left the division when I was 20.

"This is an exciting challenge for me."

Barkhuizen started his career as a trainee at Blackpool, where he worked under Steve Thompson who is now PNE's first-team coach.

He gained first-team experience during loan spells with Hereford United and Fleetwood Town, returning to play Championship football with the Seasiders.

In October 2014, Barkhuizen joined Morecambe on a month's loan, before signing for them permanently in May the following year.

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He scored against North End for the Shrimps in July's pre-season friendly at the Globe Arena.

North End boss Simon Grayson said: "We watched Tom a lot over the last few weeks and months, while Thommo worked with him previously at Blackpool.

"He impressed us when we played against Morecambe in pre-season.

"The lad is quick, flexible, has a lot of energy and an eye for goal.

"He has signed a pre-contract agreement to join in January and will be able to train with us for the next couple of months."