Preston look to the future with Connor Simpson signing

Preston North End

Preston have signed young striker Connor Simpson from Hartlepool for an undisclosed fee.

The 17-year-old, who scored his first senior goal for Pools against Maidstone earlier this season, has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Lilywhites.

North End manager Alex Neil told the club’s official website: “He’s certainly one for the future, I think he’s got outstanding qualities with his size and his stature and the fact that he’s played men’s football at such a young age.

“I don’t think there’s too many of those types about and I think the last time we went and got somebody in a similar situation it was probably Jordan Hugill when we took him from Port Vale and look what happened there.

“So all the signs are good, he’s one we will take a bit of time with and develop but I think all the indicators are that there is certainly something to work with and we are hoping to try and make him better.”