Preston ended up making a huge profit on Jordan Hugill, but he had to come a long, long way.
North End snapped up Hugill from Port Vale in 2014, paying a tiny fee of just £25,000 to bring him to Deepdale.
Come January 2018, Preston had sold Hugill for a huge £10million to West Ham United as David Moyes swooped.
It didn’t really work out for Hugill in East London, but Hugill is a real success story for North End given the whopping profit he brought in.
Now with Norwich City, Hugill will be back in the Premier League next season, and he will be looking for success in the top flight after his spell at West Ham.
Hugill played alongside Ben Pearson at North End, and the midfielder has offered a pretty hilarious view on the striker.
Speaking to From The Finney, Pearson suggested that Hugill looked like a Sunday league player when he first arrived.
Pearson joked that his mates were better than Hugill, and that he was a ‘big lump’ who couldn’t really do anything on the pitch.
Pearson added that Hugill became a completely different player under Alex Neil, and enjoyed an ‘unbelievable’ six months.
“When I first signed, I used to look at Jordan – and he won’t even mind me saying it – I used to think ‘who is this?!’, it’s Sunday league stuff!” said Pearson. “I’d say it to him if he ever asked me. I just thought… my mates are better than Jord, he was that bad. He was a big lump, he couldn’t really take it in, he couldn’t shoot, he couldn’t do anything really – just a big lump! Then where he ended up – completely different player.”
“What a player for us in those six months. He just had an unbelievable six months, and I just think he matured into his body, he matured just through experience of playing with better players, and what a career,” he added.