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Published: 22:17 | 31/8/16

Preston sign McGeady on loan

Preston North End have signed Ireland international winger Aiden McGeady on a season-long loan from Premier League club Everton.

The 30-year-old joined Everton from Spartak Moscow in 2014, but failed to shine at Goodison Park and spent the second half of last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

And, after being told by new Toffees' boss Ronald Koeman that he was not in his plans for the coming season, the Glasgow-born Ireland international, who had earlier been linked with a move to Danish side Odense, opted to sign a deadline-day short-term deal with Preston.

"I am delighted to sign. It came about pretty quickly," he said.

"It was only yesterday that I heard it might be a possibility and then by this morning I had heard that it wasn’t happening and was off the table and then about three or four hours ago I heard that it was back on again, so I was quite excited to get it sorted and I am now looking forward to getting back playing and helping the team."

McGeady had joined up with the Ireland squad this week and was due to feature in Robbie Keane’s final game for his country against Oman on Wednesday, but decided not to play in order to finalise the paperwork with Preston.

"I didn't want the risk of it not happening by going to the game," he told pne.com.

"It is obviously Robbie Keane's last game but there is paperwork that has to get signed and I thought I might have to do a medical today so I was anxious about what might happen.

"But the manager was fine with me, he understood the situation, so I stayed behind when the team left and got all the paperwork through and sorted it out myself - I could probably be my own agent."

McGeady will travel to Belgrade with his international team-mates for Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Monday.

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