Rafferty joins Preston from Rochdale

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Preston have signed Rochdale full back Joe Rafferty for an undisclosed fee.

Preston have signed Rochdale full back Joe Rafferty for an undisclosed fee.

The defender has agreed a three-and-half-year deal at Deepdale after a six-year stay at Spotland.

‘Once I knew there was interest from Preston North End, I couldn’t wait to get the deal over the line; this is a massive club,’ he told the club’s website.

‘I have been at Rochdale for six years, played a lot of games and I think I can bring some experience into the club.

‘I had a good chat with the manager and he came across very well. I understand what he wants and I hope I can do well for him and the club.’

He joinsJosh Ginnelly, Jayden Stockley, Brad Potts and Connor Ripley as new signings this month.

Boss Alex Neil added: ‘Joe is flexible. He played left back and right back in his last game! He is a really good character, with good qualities – he will get up and down the pitch – and he will add good competition in that area.’

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