Russell ties up Preston move

Ferguson delighted to secure deal for midfielder

Russell: Happy with move

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Darel Russell says it was a 'no-brainer' to join Preston North End after signing a three-year contract at Deepdale.

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Skysports.com revealed earlier on Wednesday that the midfielder was poised to sign for Preston following his departure from Norwich City at the end of last season.

He is happy to have completed a move to the Championship club and is looking forward to a bright future with Darren Ferguson's side.

"It was a no-brainer decision from a footballing point of view," Russell told the club's official website.

"It looks like a club that are trying to play in the right way which is a big thing, and they have the right mentality of trying to bring the young lads through and progress that way."

Big signing

Preston boss Ferguson said: "We've managed to sign him up, he's a big, big signing for us.

"He's one I have been after for about seven months now, I tried to get him in January but there was no way Norwich were going to let him go then, he is one I have been interested in a while and I am really pleased to get him on board.

"He has got good energies, he is fit, he will get up and down, he will put a tackle in, he is different to what we have got, that was key to it as well.

"He got promotion last year, so he has got that winning mentality so he ticks all the boxes and I am delighted to get him in."