Preston may well be in the market for new signings in January, and Randell Williams should be a name to keep a close eye on.

The Exeter City talent was linked with a move to Preston back in October, with Sky Sports claiming North End were keen on a deal.

Edwards was expected to make a move to the Championship, but no deal materialised, leaving him to play the first half of the season in League Two.

The 23-year-old was a star last season with 14 assists and five goals for the Grecians, usually playing as a right-sided wing back despite being left-footed.


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His numbers have declined a little this term with three goals and one assist, but he remains an exciting talent for the future, possessing great pace and creativity.

Preston lack left-footed talent, and adding a player like Williams – who can play on either flank as a winger or wing back – could be ideal for Alex Neil, who places a firm emphasis on versatility in his squad.

However, if Preston are considering a January move for Williams, then comments from Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony may just serve as a warning.

MacAnthony has told the Peterborough Telegraph that he wanted to sign a player from Exeter – believed to be Williams – but an agent got involved, and MacAnthony ‘couldn’t stand him’.

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MacAnthony felt the agent was trying to get him a bigger move whilst talking to Peterborough, and that may well be a warning for North End if they think about a new move next month.

“I’d say nine times out of 10 a club/player/agent is happy to hear from Peterborough United, but on the other occasion an agent will come along and mess a deal up,” said MacAnthony. “It happened to us in the summer when we agreed a deal with a player and a club to sign a player from Exeter, but then a new agent came on the scene and everything changed.”

“I knew the agent and I couldn’t stand him. He wanted to see if Championship clubs would be interested in the player and I pulled the plug on the deal. You don’t flirt with us and then go off looking for something better. The player is still in League Two now. He might get that big move, who knows, and good luck to him,” he added.

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