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Wednesday 01 Sep 2021
Ali McCann secures move to Preston North End

Northern Ireland midfielder Ali McCann has joined Preston North End for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old, who has six international caps to his name, made the move from Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone late on deadline day and has signed a four-year deal at Deepdale.

Speaking last night McCann told the Championship club's official website: “It’s brilliant, it’s been such a long day today. I’m just so buzzing to get it all sorted and get it over the line and I just can't wait to get back and get in with the lads next week.

"St Johnstone are a great club. I’ve been there since I was young so it was difficult leaving because they’ve done so much for me when I’ve been growing up, but an opportunity to move down to a club like this is just too much to pass up and I just can’t wait to get started.

"I try and do every part of the game. I try and put myself around, getting forward, getting back, getting involved. I put myself into tackles, pressing high, I also try and chip in with goals at the other end so hopefully I can do that and the fans will take to me which is what I’ll try and do."

Having made his debut for the Saints in 2018, he was part of the side which made history last season by winning the domestic cup double.

He was handed his Northern Ireland senior debut by boss Ian Baraclough last November and has delivered some impressive performances in a green shirt since and is already off the mark having netted his first goal in an international challenge match against Malta in May.

The Edinburgh-born player is currently on international duty and is set to join up with his new team-mates at the tail end of next week.