A Lancaster footballer has joined Sheffield Wednesday after leaving Preston North End.
Midfielder Ryan Croasdale, 19, has moved to the Owls on a one-year deal having been told last month he was not being offered a new contract at Deepdale.
The teenager is set to join the Wednesday development squad after teaming up with former North End youth coach Dean Ramsdale at Wednesday where he is now academy manager.
Ramsdale said: “I’ve known Ryan a long time and I’m really pleased that he has joined us.
“He is a very talented and technically gifted player and fortunately for us, he will be with us for the next year, as I know other clubs were interested.
“He is a box to box central midfield, he’s a winner, he’s determined and I’m delighted he has signed.”
Croasdale made one senior appearance for North End, playing the first half of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Oldham.
He also spent a month on loan at relegated Skrill Premier side Tamworth before finishing the 2013-2014 campaign with Conference North outfit Stalybridge Celtic.
Croasdale signed his first pro contract at Deepdale last year after being with Preston since the age of eight. He captained Preston’s U18 side as a 16-year-old.
Croasdale tweeted: “Thanks for all the messages, really looking forward to playing at @swfc next season and can’t wait for it to start.
“It’s a massive club and a great opportunity for me, absolutely buzzing.”