Stockley makes Championship move after leaving Exeter for Preston

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Preston have signed striker Jayden Stockley from Exeter for an undisclosed fee, the Championship club have announced.

Preston have signed striker Jayden Stockley from Exeter for an undisclosed fee, the Championship club have announced.

Stockley, who has scored 16 goals in League Two this season, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at Deepdale.

The 25-year-old said: ‘I can’t wait to meet all the boys and get training, once everything is sorted out from a business end you want to get the football going as soon as possible and to help the boys.

‘I’m glad I can come here in a rich vein of form and hopefully I can continue that and offer my qualities to this already strong team. I feel confident and I’m very thankful for the move.’

Preston manager Alex Neil, whose side are currently 17th in the Championship, believes Stockley will give him a welcome option up front.

‘He is 6ft 3in, he has scored the most headed goals in Europe this year and I think we’ve got someone who, when the going gets tough and teams hunt us and press us, we can turn the ball up to him, work around him and now when team’s sit in, we can put the ball into the box and expect the big fella to hopefully get on the end of some of them.’

Stockley is cup-tied for Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Doncaster andwill be available for the first time when North End face Swansea on January 12.

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