Preston North End boss Ryan Lowe has praised Josh Onomah as he attempts to find fitness before the end of the season.

PNE swooped on deadline to secure the signing of Onomah after his Fulham contract was terminated six months early.

North End essentially took over the deal, signing Onomah until the end of the season.

Fans were left wondering why there wasn’t a one-year option in the deal but Lancs Live claim there is a commitment for a longer deal this summer.

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Sadly, we’re yet to really see Onomah in action.

The 25-year-old barely kicked a ball for Fulham this season before arriving at PNE.

That means Onomah just isn’t match fit right now and he has managed just 32 minutes of Championship action across three substitute appearances.

Some have wondered why North End bothered to sign a player who looks some way off starting Championship games, but Lowe is optimistic.

Onomah scored twice against Blackpool in a Central League clash earlier this week as he attempts to build up his fitness.

Lowe has now praised Onomah whilst speaking to PNE’s official website ahead of the weekend clash against Cardiff City.

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Lowe was happy with the run-out for some first-team players in that Central League game against Blackpool, but especially Onomah.

The North End boss feels Onomah’s quality is ‘unquestionable’ but he just needs to build up his fitness.

Lowe added that Onomah is ‘slowly but surely’ getting towards match fitness as he looks to earn an extended deal at Deepdale.

“Every single one of them applied themselves fantastically well, the attitude was spot on, and that’s what you need,” said Lowe. “I said, ‘Look I can not play you in it but then you won’t be up to speed,’ and they all wanted to play which was pleasing. His (Onomah’s) quality is unquestionable, we don’t need to question that.”

“The fitness side of things, yeah we want to get him better, and he’s slowly but surely getting there,” he added.

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