Sheffield Wednesday: Marnick Vermijl loaned to Preston

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Sheffield Wednesday full back Marnick Vermijl has joined Championship rivals Preston North End on a season-long loan.

The 23-year-old says the lure of regular football drew him to Deepdale and he has already settled in at the club.

“I'm really happy that it's finally been completed," he said.

"I heard a long time ago that Preston North End were interested and I wanted to play regular football and this club was the right choice for me.

“Every talk I've had with the people here at Preston, I just felt at home straight away and for that's really important, so I've made the right choice.”

Vermijl joined the Owls from Manchester United in February.

He made 11 appearances for Wednesday, providing cover after Liam Palmer suffered an injury which ended his season.

Preston boss Simon Grayson says he has been tracking the right back all summer and is delighted to secure his services.

“We were made aware that Marnick could be available right at the start of the summer," Grayson said.

"At the time it didn’t look like we could do a deal, so people are well aware we looked at other options.

"However, in football things change quickly and despite the complexities of a deal that has been on and off in the last week, we are delighted to get it done.

“He had a fantastic upbringing at Manchester United, learning and developing from the best in players and staff in the world, before his move to Sheffield Wednesday.

“He can play as an orthodox right back and as a wing back. When you’ve been a Manchester United player you have got to be able to handle the ball; we want him to join in with play when needed to as well as defend.

“You need to be athletic to be a full back in the modern day and he can do all of these things and hopefully we can improve him while he is with us and he can be an asset to us.”