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The January transfer window opened today and Preston North End have moved quickly to complete the signing of Josh Ginnelly from Walsall on a two and a half year deal.

1516 burnley josh ginnelly 00 400x500Ginnelly left Burnley last summer after three years with the club and we reported last week that Walsall had left him out of the side having received a firm bid for his services from a club believed to be Preston.

North End have rushed the signing through but he won’t be able to play until 12th January when he will be available for their home game against Swansea. Due to signing deadlines he is unable to play today against Rotherham and has played in the FA Cup this season for Walsall so won’t be available when Preston face Doncaster next week in the 3rd round.

Preston boss Alex Neil 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.

“The fact he can;;t play for a couple of weeks could be really beneficial for him, particularly being a wide player, because there is a lot of detail for them to absorb.”

Ginnelly himself referred to Robinson. On completing his move, he 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.”

Walsall, while disappointed to lose the player, were no ready to stand in his way. Their manager Dean Keates said this morning: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Josh and one we didn’t want to get in the way of. The deal was good for both clubs and we wish Josh all the best.”

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