League One promotion rivals Rotherham and Ipswich are both interested in Preston defender Josh Earl according to Alan Nixon.
Earl spent the first half of the season at Bolton Wanderers but he’s now back at Deepdale after Trotters boss Keith Hill decided against extending his deal until the end of the season.
Preston. Left back Josh Earl fancied by both Ipswich and Rotherham. Likely to be available.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 12, 2020
He made eleven appearances for Bolton and also has thirty-six outings for Preston to his name.
The versatile defender can play at left-back or in the centre of defence and was starting to find his feet at the University of Bolton Stadium after injury and suspension led to a tough start at the club.
The twenty-one-year-old suffered an ankle injury on his debut that forced him to miss more than two months of action. He then picked up a red card in a 7-1 defeat at Accrington Stanley in November which looked to have stalled Earl’s time at the League One strugglers. Nonetheless, he fought back into contention and featured in each of the Trotters’ final six games up to and including New Year’s Day and a game against Burton Albion.
However, a mistake-ridden performance by the team in a 4-3 defeat by the Brewers seemingly convinced boss Keith Hill he needed to re-shape his defence and Earl was not offered the chance to stay with the club.
Earl could be a decent signing for someone, but Rotherham with Mattock and Ipswich with Garbutt look well covered in his position.
However, he is also comfortable more central, so there could be something in it as both sides will be looking to make sure they have all their bases covered for the crucial run-in.