Preston handed a professional contract to defender Jack Armer at the end of last season, feeling he has a bright future.

A Scotland Under-17 international, Armer has been a regular in North End’s youth setup. A centre back or left back, there are hopes that Armer can eventually push towards the first team at Deepdale.

For now though, Armer needs playing time. The 18-year-old won’t be featuring for Alex Neil’s side this season, so getting him out on loan was always likely to be a priority.

Now, it seems that Armer is heading down to the seventh tier of English football, joining Lancaster City on loan. This is of course the same move Josh Earl made in 2017 before becoming a first-team player.

Lancaster City strips hanging in the home dressing room. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)

Lancaster boss Mark Fell has spoken to the Lancaster Guardian about the move, revealing that Armer played as a trialist for the club against Barrow on Tuesday.

Fell has confirmed that a three-month deal has been done for Armer, having branded his trial display ‘brilliant’.

“Jack played as a trialist on Tuesday night, he played at left-back and was brilliant,” said Fell. “He is a young lad who we have taken on loan from Preston. That deal has been done,” he added.

Armer’s crossing ability was praised too, with striker Jason Walker suggesting he hasn’t received such quality service in years.

Hopefully Armer gets plenty of playing time at the Giant Axe, aiding his development. It seems Fell – a former North End academy coach – is excited about Armer, which can only bode well for Preston.

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