PNE’s Jones and Davies go out on loan

FullSizeRender (6)By Jack Wynne – Deputy Sports Editor

Goalkeeper Jamie Jones and defender Ben Davies have left Preston North End on a loan basis.

Jones has moved to League One’s Colchester United on a 93-day loan, while Davies has gone in search of first-team experience, joining Southport in the National League for a month.

Preston have allowed Jones to go out on loan twice before, first to Coventry City and then Rochdale during last season.

The 26-year-old was signed in June 2014 from Leyton Orient and was a regular feature in the starting line-up until he lost his place to Thorsten Stuckmann.

Then Sam Johnstone arrived in January from Manchester United on loan which further limited his playing opportunities at Deepdale.

Emergence of Pickford

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has stuck with Sunderland loanee Jordan Pickford so far this season and brought in veteran goalkeeper Chris Kirkland towards the end of the transfer window.

Pickford, 19, recently set a new club record as he kept three consecutive leagues at the start of the season – the last time this happened was back in 1888.

His performances have also been credited on the international stage as he was named in the starting line-up during the England U21s 1-0 victory over the USA U23s earlier this month.

Jones will return from his spell at Colchester on December 12 and is for the maximum 93 days which are permitted during the Football League’s emergency loan window.

Meanwhile, Davies will look to get some valuable game time under Paul Carden at Southport, following just the one appearance from the bench, during the Lilywhites 3-1 victory against Crewe Alexandra in the Capital One Cup last month.

Davies will join fellow PNE defender Nick Anderton in the National League, as Aldershot Town have extended his loan until October 7.

The 19-year-old, who signed a professional deal with North End last summer, has already experienced non-league football, enjoying loan spells at Barrow and Gateshead last season.



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