Preston needed to offload players in order to make room for new signings, and we had a departure earlier today.

Winger Josh Ginnelly has left the club, penning a season-long loan move with Scottish Championship side Heart of Midlothian.

There were plenty of rumours surrounding the move on Monday, and it now seems that Ginnelly has now played his final game for Preston.

The 23-year-old’s contract expires next summer, and his loan with Hearts will now take him up until the end of that deal.

Josh Ginnelly (17) of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Preston North End at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 31st August 2019. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Signed from Walsall in January 2019, Ginnelly only managed nine appearances for Preston, with his only start coming as a left back against Hull City in the Carabao Cup last season.

Ginnelly now has a chance to play regularly for Hearts now, and whilst his time at Preston maybe didn’t go exactly to plan, the speedy wide man has at least received a positive message upon his exit.

Preston right back Darnell Fisher took to Twitter to react to Ginnelly’s move, urging him to do his thing in Edinburgh having barely featured under Alex Neil.

Ginnelly is unlikely to feature again for North End, but we all wish him well as he heads up to Scotland – and hope to see him thrive, just as Fisher does.

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