Ferguson Jr weighs up permanent move for James
Posted by nickogs20 on March 22, 2010
Reds midfielder Matt James has made such an impression in his six weeks on loan at Preston North End so far that manager Darren Ferguson is already floating the idea of securing the 18 year-old’s services on a more permanent basis.
James joined the Championship club in February and has since made ten appearances, forming a promising partnership in the middle of the park with fellow new recruit Paul Coutts and scoring in home wins over Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest. The Bacup-born teenager’s performances have earned great reviews from Preston fans, and judging by comments in an interview with the Lancashire Evening Post this week, their manager seems suitably impressed too:
“Bringing Matty back is a conversation I’ll have to have with my old man. I would be keen on bringing him here full-stop but I’ll have to see how he fits into their plans. He’s only a kid but I’ve been really impressed with him.”
While it’s encouraging to see the positive impression James has already made at Deepdale, the chances of the switch being made permanent any time soon are surely slim, with the England U19 captain widely considered to have a bright future ahead of him and time on his side. A summer transfer can’t be entirely ruled out, but it seems much more likely that Ferguson Jr will have to make do with re-signing James on loan for the whole of next season, a move that seems to make too much sense for all parties to not happen.