Preston North End new boy Jordan Storey has the potential to play at the 'highest possible level' according to his former Exeter City boss.
Storey, 20, joined the Lilywhites from Exeter on Tuesday for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year contract at Deepdale.
Matt Taylor, who was recently appointed Grecians boss in succession to the long-serving Paul Tisdale, wished Storey well.
He worked with Storey as the club's Under-23s coach before stepping recently into the manager's job.
Taylor told Exeter's official website: "The transfer is testament to Jordan’s hard work.
"Eighteen months ago he was very much at a crossroads in his career but he has knuckled down and worked hard.
"He has really worked at his game and every day he has come in with a mindset to improve.
“His physical attributes will mean that he can play at the highest possible level and if he keeps on learning and developing as a centre-half, with the same desire and effort that he has shown at Exeter, then we have got every confidence that he will go on to do himself and our club proud."
Exeter chairman Julian Tagg said: "Moments like this are always bittersweet as we would have loved to have kept Jordan and watched him develop further with Exeter City, but the need to be realistic about an offer as substantial as this was one we felt – when considering the long-term prospects of the club – needed to be accepted.
"Both the football management and the club board were unanimous in the decision that this was both the right deal for the player and for the club."