Preston ‘privileged’ to land Archer from Aston Villa

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Aston Villa youngster Cameron Archer will spend the rest of the campaign playing his football in the Championship

Cameron Archer of Aston Villa

Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer will spend the rest of the season on loan at Championship club Preston North End.

The 20-year-old, who has featured three times in the Premier League for Villa this term, has been allowed to leave the club this January to gain valuable experience away from Bodymoor Heath.

Archer has enjoyed a breakthrough season at his boyhood club, scoring regularly in all competitions and netted six times in just four appearances in Villa's EFL Trophy campaign earlier this season.

The Walsall-born striker recently put pen to paper on a new deal at Villa Park until 2025 and will looking be looking to make an impression on Steven Gerrard upon his return in the summer.

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Preston manager Ryan Lowe said of Archer's arrival: “We’re absolutely delighted. I’ve been monitoring Cameron Archer for a while now.

“He’s a natural goalscorer who I’m really excited to work with and hopefully he’ll score some goals for us.

“There were several clubs after him chasing his signature but we’re the privileged ones to be able to take him.

“His objective will be to play for the Aston Villa first team in the future and we want to help him do that, but his objective now until the end of the season will be to help Preston North End finish as high up the table as possible.”

Archer could make his debut on Wednesday night when Preston travel to the Hawthorns to take on promotion-chasing West Brom.

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