Preston have signed Matthew James from Manchester United on a year-long loan deal.
The 18-year-old enjoyed a fruitful loan stint with North End towards the end of last season, prompting boss Darren Ferguson to offer him a new deal.
A product of the Red Devils' youth academy, he will be key to the club's midfield arrangement in the coming season.
James is Preston's second summer signing following the capture of Scunthorpe striker Paul Hayes who arrived on a free transfer last month.
The Lilywhites are expected to continue their search for additional summer recruits as they look to better last season's disappointing 17th-place finish.