Manchester United have made their first deal of the winter transfer window, by letting their reserve goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to join Preston North End on a brief loan. The Englishman is yet to make a senior appearance for the Club in competitive level, but has taken a vital decision regarding his football career, by joining Preston North End for a second stint.

Sam Johnstone featured in some friendlies for Manchester United in July and was sent out to Preston for a short spell. The 22-year-old made 22 appearances for the club with the pick of his appearance coming against Swindon Town in the League one play-off final last May.

Jordan Pickford of Sunderland was keeping the gloves for Preston, but Sam Allardyce recalled him from loan and thus the search for a goalkeeper led Preston to their former goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone.

“The disappointment of Jordan going back is balanced out by the positive news that we have been able to sign Sam Johnstone on a 28-day loan,” Preston manager Simon Grayson said. 

He also declared that his team tried to sign him during last summer on permanent basis. The England youngster joined Manchester United academy in 2009, but his career did not quite took off, as expected. He made 70 appearances during his spells at Scunthorpe United, Walsall, Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, and Preston North End.

The goalkeeper himself spoke about how elated he is to be back at the club. He also voiced the relief of getting more first team chances.

“I am delighted to be back and hopefully I can start playing some games. My last game for Preston was at Wembley, it only feels like it was yesterday.” Sam Johnstone told the club’s official website.

The Preston boss publicised that the team have the option to sign him for a season long deal, with the decision depending on his performance in the 28-day spell at Preston. 

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