Clitheroe boss Phil Brown has swooped to sign young midfielder Oscar O’Neil.

The former Preston North End youth-teamer moves to Shawbridge after leaving Lancaster City.

O’Neil – son of former Celtic, Preston and Scotland midfield man Brian – joined the Dolly Blues in the summer but has now taken up the challenge at Shawbridge and will be available for the Blues at Ramsbottom on Tuesday.

“He’s a good young player and someone I know all about from Preston,” said Brown.

“I have been looking to add to our midfield options and I think he’ll suit us really well.”

As well as figuring for Lancaster, O’Neil also has BetVictor top-flight experience from a loan spell at Bamber Bridge in the 2017/18 season.

And the arrival of the 19-year-old coincides with the departure of Jordan Darr.

Darr, a summer signing from Chorley, is leaving Clitheroe to join Charnock Richard.

Work commitments mean a move to the North-West Counties League suits the striker, whose goal at Trafford at the end of August helped secure the Blues’ second win of the season.


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