Preston have signed Troy Parrott just weeks after he was considered to be the fittest player in Tottenham Hotspur’s gruelling pre-season preparations.
North End have been chasing a couple of striking additions this summer and Ryan Lowe finally has one secured.
Preston have pounced to sign Parrott on loan for the season, effectively replacing Cameron Archer after his loan spell from Aston Villa.
Archer’s impressive loan spell will have made North End very attractive to Premier League strikers looking for loan moves.
Add in the strong Irish contingent at Preston and this just seems like the perfect move for Parrott.
We’ve all seen the numbers from Parrott’s Milton Keynes Dons loan spell; 10 goals and seven assists in all competitions.
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That’s a strong record for the 20-year-old, but what else are North End getting from the Irishman?
Parrott has become known for his ferocious work rate, which is something Ryan Lowe will absolutely love in the Preston attack.
Parrott actually made headlines earlier this summer when Tottenham jetted off to South Korea for their pre-season preparations.
Football London’s Tottenham reporter Alasdair Gold commented on one training session on July 11th, branding Antonio Conte’s approach as ‘brutal’.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min collapsed due to sheer exhaustion from the fitness work being pushed onto them.
Gold then added that whilst some of Tottenham’s senior players were struggling, it was Parrott who was the fittest player on show and actually led the rest of the team on the final run of the session.
That’s pretty incredible stuff from Parrott. There are top-level international stars in that Tottenham squad but Parrott showed his immense fitness levels by outrunning all of them.
That’s both a physical and a mental display from Parrott, refusing to give in even when higher-profile players around him were literally collapsing to the ground.
Lowe will absolutely love that out of Parrott, and will be looking for him to bring that approach to Preston training and then onto the pitch during his year-long spell at Deepdale.