Hartlepool United striker Connor Simpson signs for Preston North End

Connor Simpson
Connor Simpson

Hartlepool United striker Connor Simpson has signed for Preston North End.

The fee for the 17-year-old is undisclosed.

Simpson today completed a medical and signed a two and a half year deal with the Lilywhites.

Confirming the sale, a club statement read: "Simpson has made excellent progress through the ranks of the club’s academy since joining at under-16 level and staff are proud of the way he has developed.

"Everyone at the club would like to wish Connor all the very best for his future career."

Simpson was offered a professional contract by Pools at the end of last year, but did not sign his first pro deal with club he joined at under-16 level.

He has been handed the No 27 shirt at Deepdale by boss Alex Neil.

"He's certainly one for the future," said Neil.

"I think he's got outstanding qualities with his size and his stature and the fact that he's played men's football at such a young age.

"I don't think there's too many of those types about and I think the last time we went and got somebody in a similar situation it was probably Jordan Hugill when we took him from Port Vale and look what happened there.

"So all the signs are good, he's one we will take a bit of time with and develop but I think all the indicators are that there is certainly something to work with and we are hoping to try and make him better."

On signing Simpson, said: "It’s a very good club to come to, it has a lot of history behind it and I am really excited to get started.

"The training is going to be a lot more intense, everything is going to be a lot tougher, but I am ready for the challenge."