Northampton Town star Sam Hoskins may just be one of the most forgettable Preston North End loanees in history.
Bradley Fewster would run him close in that regard but we can’t imagine many even recall Hoskins joining PNE.
North End were exploring the loan market under Phil Brown back in 2011.
Form had fallen off a cliff after a great start and Brown was effectively fighting for his job.
Brown struck two deals with Southampton, taking Hoskins and Jonathan Forte on loan.
These were two deals that did nothing to help PNE and didn’t save Brown from the sack in the end.
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Forte played just three times for North End before heading back to Southampton.
Hoskins, remarkably, never even made an appearance for PNE and he swiftly returned to the South Coast.
Hoskins went onto have loan spells at Rotherham United and Stevenage before joining Yeovil Town permanently in 2013.
Northampton Town took a chance on Hoskins in 2015 and he has ended up becoming a Cobblers hero.
Hoskins has racked up more than 330 appearances for Northampton and has now enjoyed his best season yet.
The 30-year-old was a striker in his PNE stint but is now more of a winger or attacking midfield player.
With 21 goals and seven assists for Northampton, Hoskins has put Jon Brady’s side on the brink of promotion to League One.
Hoskins has been so good that he has now been named in the League Two Team of the Season alongside teammate Mitch Pinnock.
Some 12 years on from his largely pointless spell with PNE, Hoskins is shining and certainly deserves his spot in the League Two Team of the Season.
Hoskins will now be looking to become a League One star next season and he is just another case of a player going on to have relative success even if they don’t shine for North End.