Preston sign defensive duo

Hunt and Brown agree short-term contracts at Deepdale

Nicky Hunt: Full-back has joined Preston North End following his departure from Bristol City

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Preston North End have continued to bolster their squad after signing free agents Nicky Hunt and Aaron Brown on short-term contracts.

Experienced full-back Hunt was released by Bristol City before the transfer window closed, while centre-half Brown's contract was cancelled by Aldershot.

Former Bolton Wanderers defender Hunt has been training with Preston this week and has now been handed a deal by new boss Graham Westley.

Hunt made just eight appearances for City after joining from Bolton in 2010 and had not featured for the Championship club in well over a year.

Brown, meanwhile, had made just one substitute's appearance for Aldershot since mid-November and numbers Reading, Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient among his former clubs.