Preston have completed the signing of defender Scott Wiseman following his release by Barnsley.
The 28-year-old negotiated the cancellation of his contract at Oakwell and wasted no time putting pen to paper on an 18-month deal at North End, rejecting the chance to sign for Blackpool.
"We looked at the situation and felt that the defensive area of the pitch was one we wanted to strengthen," boss Simon Grayson said.
"He's a versatile player who can play anywhere across the back four, as well as wing-back.
"He's got a lot of experience, played in a few different divisions, but most notably in the Championship in the last two or three years.
"He's a good size, a good lad, with good experience and has a hunger to be successful, so we're delighted he is going to come and join us."
Wiseman, who can make his debut against Wolves on Saturday, added: "I knew what Preston was about before I came and heard the plans for the club.
"The place is geared for the Championship and we just need to complete the job. It's a great stadium and fantastic to be part of it."