Preston have completed the signing of Peterborough centre-half Sean St Ledger in a deal which could rise to £350,000.
The 21-year-old defender, reported to have been attracting interest from several clubs from the Premiership and Championship, met chairman Derek Shaw to discuss personal terms on Friday night.
Birmingham-born St Ledger has played 91 times for the League Two club since graduating through the Posh youth programme.
St Ledger has become new manager Paul Simpson's second capture since taking over at Deepdale – Leeds United winger Danny Pugh joined two weeks ago.
The defender realises the move is a big step, but he told the club's official site he is looking forward to the challenge.
"It's a very big step, but I just can't wait to get playing.
"To finish forth in the championship shows what a big club i'm joining"
The young six-footer is said to be impressive in the air and also with the ball at his feet and is equally comfortable at centre-half or right-back.
He has recently been on trial at his home-town club Birmingham.
PNE Official site