Preston North End have signed Josh Ginnelly from Walsall, as confirmed by their official club website this morning.

The 21-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee and has penned a two-and-a-half year deal at Deepdale.

Ginnelly has said: “I’m delighted to be here, I can tell the way the manager works, it’s going to be good for me and I can only get better.

“I’ve seen what he’s done with Callum Robinson and a few of the other boys as well so I can’t wait to get going and work under him.”

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He only joined Walsall in June but impressed for the League One side this season. He played 22 games for Dean Keates’ side, scoring four goals.

The tricky winger started his career as a youngster at Aston Villa but joined Shrewsbury Town in 2013. He played three times for the Shrews’ senior side before he was snapped up by Burnley for an undisclosed fee in 2015.

Ginnelly never made a senior appearance for the Clarets but enjoyed loan spells at non-league side Altrincham, Walsall, Lincoln City and Tranmere Rovers. He won promotion from the National League in back-to-back seasons with Lincoln and then Tranmere.

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Preston boss Alex Neil has said: “He will give us another wide option. He has real quality, he is technically very good; he can shift it off either side; he is direct and quick and he is very much like Callum Robinson was a couple of years ago. Hopefully we can do what we have done with Callum, which is to make him more effective in games”.


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