Tommy Miller has insisted he did not turn down the chance to join Ipswich.
The 27-year-old Sunderland midfielder had been expected to return to his former club when Black Cats boss Roy Keane said he would allow him to go out on loan, but instead secured a surprise short-term deal with Preston on Tuesday.
Miller has been informed that Town boss Jim Magilton had to use his emergency loan allocation to bring in goalkeeper Mike Pollitt following injuries to both Lewis Price and Shane Supple.
"I thought I was all set to go to Ipswich but it fell through at the last minute. Jim called me and explained the situation so the deal didn't happen," Miller told the East Anglian Daily Times.
"Preston came in straight away and I have gone there but it was not a case of me turning down Ipswich.
"I know Paul Simpson a little after playing against him when I was at Hartlepool and I'm looking forward to working with him at Preston, who are doing really well."
Miller also revealed that Colchester boss Geraint Williams had enquired about his services while he was still in line to go to Ipswich.
"I know George (Williams) anyway and we also bumped into each other on holiday," he explained.
"He called recently to ask what the situation was but I thought I was going to Ipswich so it didn't happen."
Miller admits he was disappointed not to be given a chance by Keane at The Stadium of Light, but is looking forward to his spell with Preston.
"I never got a look-in under Roy, who brought his own players in. That is understandable and we will see what happens in January when I go back," he said.
"I played in half a reserve game earlier in the week but other than that I'm short of games.
"I know I won't just walk into the Preston side. They are flying and the lads are doing well but the more minutes I get the better I will be."
Miller could make his Preston debut against Leicester on Saturday.