Preston fans will be hoping Troy Parrott fares better than last loan from Tottenham 11 years ago
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Preston fans will be hoping Troy Parrott fares better than last loan from Tottenham 11 years ago

Preston North End secured the loan signing of Troy Parrott from Tottenham Hotspur this week, beating off competition from other Championship sides including Sunderland.

The 20-year-old striker enjoyed a spell with MK Dons last season in League One and will hopefully fill the void left by Cameron Archer.

Parrott links up with other Republic of Ireland internationals in the squad including Alan Browne and Robbie Brady.

The North End faithful are excited to see him link up with Emil Riis, and likewise Spurs fans are keen to see Parrott progress with these loan spells just as Harry Kane did in the early stages of his career.

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You’d have to go back to 2011 for the last time Preston raided Tottenham for a loan signing.

Bongani Khumalo had joined the London club from SuperSport United in his native South Africa earlier in the 2010-11 season.

Harry Redknapp saw it fit to send Khumalo on loan to Preston for him to get used to English football.

North End were managed by Phil Brown at the time, and were up against it in the Championship, fighting a battle against relegation which they ultimately lost.

Brown brought in a raft of his own players, and the defence needed tightening, so the imposing figure of Khumalo seemed a welcome addition.

Khumalo made an encouraging debut at home to Swansea City in a 2-1 win against a Brendan Rodgers side that would go on to gain promotion to the top flight via a Scott Sinclair hat-trick in the play-off final.

The South Africa international – who had scored at the World Cup against France in the summer in 2010 – played six games in total for Preston and was only on the winning side one more time.

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Khumalo was injured in his last game for the club, going on to miss the final three games of the season.

Further loan spells followed at Reading, PAOK, Doncaster Rovers and Colchester United, with Khumalo turning out for the latter in a crucial game against Preston back in 2015.

Khumalo started in a 1-0 Colchester win on the final day of the 2014-15 season, keeping Colchester up whilst consigning Preston to the playoffs.

Khumalo then returned to SuperSport United without ever having played a game for Tottenham in four-and-a-half years, before finishing his career with Bidvest Wits.

With a full season ahead of him, Troy Parrott has already set himself a target of hitting double figures for goals for North End.

A successful loan spell at Deepdale could lead to further links between the two clubs after over a decade without any moves since Khumalo’s time at the club.

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