Earlier today, North End confirmed the exit of defender Josh Earl. Having returned from his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers, he’s off on loan again, this time joining Ipswich Town.
The 21-year-old will now have a chance to play in Paul Lambert’s 3-5-2 setup, meaning he can play as a left-sided centre back or at left wing back. With the Tractor Boys pushing for promotion, it all seems like an ideal move for Earl, after spending the first half of the campaign battling with Bolton.
Earl may not be the only loan departure of the day though, as Josh Ginnelly looks set to move on too. Football Insider’s Pete O’Rourke claims that Ginnelly is all set to join Bristol Rovers, with a medical completed today.
The speedy winger has played just 10 minutes of league action this season and featured in only four games, with no appearances since the end of September. It’s key that he goes out and plays football, so he’s heading down to League One for games.
It’s unclear what the long-term future really holds for Ginnelly. The deal to sign him from Walsall last January looks more and more like a cheap punt that hasn’t really paid off, but he can at least put himself in the shop window down at Bristol Rovers, or prove his worth to Alex Neil.
Whilst most fans are wanting more incomings, there could be yet another departure on top of Earl and Ginnelly. Hibernian are terminating goalkeeper Chris Maxwell’s loan spell at Easter Road, but North End are leaving it up to them to find him a new club.
Manager Jack Ross has told The Scottish Sun that he is waiting for a resolution on Maxwell, with Hibs working to find him a new side to spend the final months of the season with.
The Welshman’s deal at Deepdale expires this coming summer, so he’s played his final game for Preston, but it seems his short-term future is a little up in the air at the moment, even if he’s likely to go out on loan again for the rest of the season, just like Earl and Ginnelly.