Preston North End striker makes League Two switch

Morecambe have made an early move ion the transfer market, securing the services of striker Michael Howard from Preston North End, on a one-year deal, as reported by their official site.

The deal comes with an additional option of 12 months and gives the 19-year-old some stability following his release from Championship side Preston North End at the end of last season.

Howard doesn’t have a Football League appearance behind him, but has enjoyed loan spells in Ireland with Cork City, as well as in the English non-league with Stalybridge Celtic and Hednesford Town.

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley said: “Mike is a young forward who has got good potential. He’s a pacy player and can play wide or down the middle. He’s got a good pedigree coming through the ranks at PNE and has had a couple of successful loan moves already”.

“We’re looking forward to working with him and helping him develop.”

The Southport-born forward joined PNE at the age of 11 and progressed through the academy, but did not make a full senior appearance.

Our View

This is a roll of the dice; there’s nothing to suggest the youngster has what it takes in his previous loan spells.

Instead, Bentley is hoping to unearth a rough diamond, a player who’ll thrive with regular football or at least being around a senior dressing room.

You wouldn’t bet against him being a solid and dependable player, something Morecambe make work every season despite always being amongst the favourites for the drop.

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