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Preston North End swoop for Saints pair

by Jamie Allen. Published Tue 08 Nov 2011 17:44
Phil Brown has freshened up his squad with the capture of the two Saints players: Forte pictured
Phil Brown has freshened up his squad with the capture of the two Saints players: Forte pictured

Preston North End have signed Southampton striker Jonathan Forte on an emergency loan deal.

North End have also brought in youngster Sam Hoskins from the same club, following the short-term deal for keeper Thorsten Stuckmann.

Former Sheffield United and Scunthorpe hit man Forte will wear the No.34 shirt until his loan move expires on December 10th.

The 25-year-old is eligible to play in Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash at Rochdale but is unavailable for selection in Saturday’s FA Cup first-round tie against Southend at Deepdale due to him being cup-tied.

Hoskins an 18 year old striker who has yet to make his league debut for the Saints will wear the No.35 shirt.

Preston chairman Maurice Lindsay said: “Everybody at the club has been disappointed at the recent results and the board and the owner have supported the manager’s efforts to recruit new faces.

“Jonathan is a quick and strong forward with experience at our level, whereas Sam is a young player with lots of potential but his loan with us is more for his experience.

“Along with the arrival of Thorsten Stuckmann we have added a little more depth to the manager’s options and hopefully some more competition for places.”


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