Swansea City have secured the signing of young Preston striker Jamie Proctor for an undisclosed fee.
Proctor, 20, has signed a two-year contract at the Liberty Stadium after coming through the ranks at Deepdale, with the Swans now awaiting international clearance.
Highly-rated at Preston, Proctor will initially join the club’s new Under-21 set-up with the aim of establishing himself as a future first-team star.
“I’m delighted to join Swansea,” said Proctor, who joins on the same day as Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley. “The club has enjoyed a lot of success over the last few years and their style of football has really caught the eye.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of things and trying to impress the new manager enough to force my way into his plans.”
Born in Preston, the pacy and powerful Proctor came through the academy at the club and scored 15 goals in 28 appearances for the youth team to earn a two-and-a-half year pro contract in January 2010.
He made his professional debut in May 2010 as a substitute against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
He joined Stockport on a one-month loan deal the following August where he made seven appearances before returning to Deepdale and scoring his first League goal on the last day of the 2010-11 season in a 3-1 win against Watford.
Having scored seven goals the following pre-season, he added three more goals in 31 league appearances last season, despite being side-lined with a double hernia.
With Proctor set to feature in the opening game of the U21 League on Monday, Swans chairman Huw Jenkins insists the new set-up will be a catalyst for progressing the club’s young talent.
“The Under-21 structure will replace the old Reserve team set-up,’’ said Huw. “We see it as an important and vital part of the club’s long-term future.
“Our aim is to establish a promising group of youngsters under the Under-21 banner who can develop and progress into Michael Laudrup’s first-team plans.
“It’s important to think about the present, but it’s even more important to think about the future.’’
The Swans will play Ipswich, Colchester, Brighton, Bristol City, Millwall, Charlton, Cardiff City, Barnet, QPR and Brentford in the U21 Professional Development League Two.
The club are allowed to use three over-aged outfield players, plus a goalkeeper, in each fixture.
The opening fixture is against Ipswich Town on Monday at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli, at 11am.
Tickets are priced £3 adults, while U16s are free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Further fixtures will follow once finalised.
The U16s and U18s also take in their first games on Saturday with both sides making the trip to Ipswich Town for their matches at the club’s training ground on Playford Road. Both games kick-off at 11am.