Cork City swoop to sign Preston teenager
Cork City have signed Preston teenager Michael Howard on loan until the end of June.
With numerous former Cork players currently with Championship side Preston, 18-year-old Howard makes the move the other way subject to international clearance.
"When I was first told that Cork City were interested, I was kind of shocked, but I couldn't wait to get on the flight. I think it is a great opportunity for me," said Howard.
"They all (former Cork players) said it is a decent level to play at and they wished me the best. Since I went up to the first team I was quite close to Daryl Horgan and I speak to him quite a bit, and he said that it was a good bunch of lads and to enjoy it.
"His brother Colm is here as well too, which also helps me settle in.
"I want to make my mark and make a name for myself over here if I can. As a young player, I want to make an impression at Cork City and, obviously, to Preston as well for when I go back there."
City boss John Caulfield commented on Howard's arrival, saying: "Michael is very highly rated by Preston and we have spoken to them in the last few days about him coming in. He is very quick and a good finisher, he can play at centre forward and on the wing, so we are very happy to bring him in until the break.
"He is still only 18 but we have watched him, and he has huge potential, so I think he will be an exciting player. He will certainly figure in games during the first half of the season and he comes straight into the squad for Friday's game.
"It's a good deal for us, he's coming in on loan and it's good to get a player with a lot of potential. He did really well in training this morning. We have to be careful with him because of his age, but he looks a really exciting prospect."