Hearts have confirmed the signing of Preston North End winger Josh Ginnelly on a season-long loan deal.

Robbie Neilson has been active in the transfer market as the new Championship season approaches. Last week he brought in former Motherwell winger Elliot Frear, alongside additions of Jordan Roberts, Ross Stewart, and Craig Gordon earlier in the summer.

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Josh Ginnelly has swapped Preston for Hearts. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Now the Preston winger has linked up the Jambos for the term. Ginnelly came through the Aston Villa youth structure before making his professional debut at Shrewsbury Town.

He earned a move to Burnley in 2015 and found himself on loan at the likes of  Walsall, Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln City, winning the National League title at the latter.

In January 2019 former Hamilton Accies boss Alex Neil snapped him up for Preston and Ginnelly spent the second half of last season at Bristol Rovers, prior to the football shutdown.

It’s another loan spell for him this season as he looks for regular minutes, the Preston man now set to wear maroon during the 2020/21 campaign.

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