Middlesbrough striker signs for Preston North End

England's Bradley Fewster
England's Bradley Fewster

MIDDLESBROUGH striker Bradley Fewster has joined Preston North End on loan for the rest of the season.

The England youth international burst onto the Boro scene with some impressive pre-season performances but has struggled to break into Aitor Karanka’s starting line-up as a result of their impressive start to the Championship season.

The 18-year-old from Middlesbrough - who was on Hartlepool United’s summer wishlist under former boss Colin Cooper - has been allowed to join League One promotion contenders Preston for the rest of the campaign.

Preston boss Simon Grayson said: “Bradley has a fantastic pedigree.

“He is still a young lad learning his trade, but he has scored lots of goals for Middlesbrough’s U21s and for England.

“We feel we have got a player who can play anywhere across the front line.”

Fewster, who actually played against Preston in a Capital One Cup tie back in August after making his debut against Oldham in the previous round, has been in good form for Paul Jenkins’ Under-21 side.

He has scored four goals in six appearances for Boro’s second string and has also scored five times in as many games for England U-19.