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13 January 2020

Preston defender joins on loan until the end of the season

Town have completed the signing of Josh Earl on loan from Preston.

The 21-year-old defender has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him move to Portman Road until the end of the season.

Josh, a product of Preston's Academy, is primarily a left-back but can also play in the middle of the defence.

After taking part in his first training session today, the Southport-born player is looking forward to playing his part in Town’s promotion push.

"The move came around quite quickly, I got told on the Friday that I was possibly moving down to Ipswich on Sunday and I’m here now and can’t wait to get started," Josh told the Club website.

"I watched the game back and the lads played really well on Saturday, so hopefully we can carry that form into tomorrow’s match at Oxford.

"I feel as though it’s a great squad and the only aim for everyone this season is to push for the top two."

Josh signed professional terms with Preston in 2017, making his debut the same year in a 1-0 win over Reading.

He went onto make 20 appearances for North End before ending the 2017/18 season on loan at non-League Lancaster City.

Josh played 16 times in all competitions the following year, helping Preston to a mid-table finish in the Championship.

The defender joined Town’s fellow League One side Bolton for the first half of this campaign, featuring 11 times in a loan spell that was interupted by an ankle injury.

Josh will wear the number three shirt at Portman Road and will be speaking to iFollow Ipswich later today.

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