Lee Holmes signs for Portsmouth on loan

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Portsmouth have completed the signing of 27-year-old winger Lee Holmes from high flying Preston North End.

The former Derby County winger Lee Holmes is looking to gain some first-team fitness by going out on loan until January.

Portsmouth are the lucky League Two side who have acquired the tricky winger despite interest from Burton Albion.

Portsmouth are looking to propel themselves into the play-offs and further but at the moment they find themselves 10th in the league ,however, only four points outside of the play off positions. 

Holmes has been struggling with illness this year and only managed one appearance from the bench this season for the North Enders.

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This has come as a blow for Preston as Holmes played 41 times and scored three goals in all competitions last season, but provided many a chance from the wing which helped Simon Grayson and Preston get to the semi final of the play-offs.

The former Southampton man could make his debut as soon as this Saturday as Portsmouth travel north to play Tranmere Rovers. Holmes will be hoping that the Portsmouth fans will not take into consideration the fact that he plied his trade at their south coast rivals for four years.

Portsmouth boss

Portsmouth boss Andy Awford told the club's official website: "Lee's a good addition to our squad and we're delighted that he's signed.

"There are a lot of games coming up over the busy Christmas period, so we're going to need a lot of bodies. He's a great asset to have and we'd like to thank Preston for their help in getting the deal over the line."

Holmes became Derby's youngest ever player in 2002, aged 15 years and 268 days old, a record that has been surpassed by Mason Bennett. Holmes will be hoping to rekindle that sort of form and promise whilst on loan at Portsmouth. 

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