Joe Garner joins Preston North End after Watford contract cancelled

Joe Garner. Picture: Holly Cant

Joe Garner. Picture: Holly Cant

First published in Sport by , Group Sports Editor

Joe Garner has signed an 18-month deal at Preston North End after his contract at Watford was cancelled.

The striker had the remainder of his Hornets deal terminated yesterday and the Lilywhites have signed him until the summer of 2014, with the option of a further year.

After making three appearances for Gianfranco Zola’s men at the start of this season, the 24-year-old joined Carlisle United on loan where he scored eight goals in 17 starts for Preston’s League One rivals.

Preston boss Graham Westley told the club’s website: “I looked at Joe in the summer and it wasn’t financially viable in the summer for us to strike a deal with his parent club, so we had to leave it alone then.

“I kept tabs on him throughout the season and he has obviously gone out and had a strong period on loan at Carlisle.”

Despite being born in Blackburn, Garner is a North End fan and Westley added: “He’s a lad [who] stood on the terraces and had a season ticket as a boy and has got a real passion for the club and has got lots of qualities and the qualities he has got in front of goal are ones that will serve us well and I am excited to have him on board and look forward to seeing him wearing a shirt.”

Garner moved to Vicarage Road in the summer of 2011 from Nottingham Forest but scored just one goal in 27 appearances, including nine as a substitute.

Comments (11)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:11pm Tue 8 Jan 13

The Not-so-enlightened one says...

See, told you so.
See, told you so. The Not-so-enlightened one
  • Score: 0

1:28pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Surprised we didn't get a small fee for him given his original fee and recent goalscoring expoits in Div 1. Perhaps his contract ran out in the summer anyway and we just wanted to save a few months pay ?
Surprised we didn't get a small fee for him given his original fee and recent goalscoring expoits in Div 1. Perhaps his contract ran out in the summer anyway and we just wanted to save a few months pay ? Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 0

1:45pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Harry's Bar says...

I'm sure this won't be the end of the terminations. There will be a few looking over their shoulder at this news.
I'm sure this won't be the end of the terminations. There will be a few looking over their shoulder at this news. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

1:50pm Tue 8 Jan 13

jasonwatford says...

Thank god for that
Thank god for that jasonwatford
  • Score: 0

2:10pm Tue 8 Jan 13

LuthersLoveChild says...

Good luck to him. Seemed a decent hardworking chap.

Didn't quite work out here, but wish him all the best at Preston
Good luck to him. Seemed a decent hardworking chap. Didn't quite work out here, but wish him all the best at Preston LuthersLoveChild
  • Score: 0

4:40pm Tue 8 Jan 13

jasonwatford says...

Looks like we received what he is worth
Looks like we received what he is worth jasonwatford
  • Score: 0

7:04pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Hampshire hornet says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Looks like we received what he is worth
Made me lol
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Looks like we received what he is worth[/p][/quote]Made me lol Hampshire hornet
  • Score: 0

7:05pm Tue 8 Jan 13

D.unstable says...

Noooooooooooo!!!!!
Noooooooooooo!!!!! D.unstable
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Tue 8 Jan 13

kingofpop says...

glad he has got a new club, good luck to him.
glad he has got a new club, good luck to him. kingofpop
  • Score: 0

9:16am Wed 9 Jan 13

northofwatfordpete says...

Can't believe that we did not get £100k for him.
Can't believe that we did not get £100k for him. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 0

11:12am Wed 9 Jan 13

petsoundsnick says...

He probably had all sorts of clauses in his contract (e.g. loyalty bonus at end of contract) which no doubt has been waived or at least reduced in order for the club to agree to terminate. So although we might not have got a fee, we will have saved money somewhere down the line so in effect have made a return.

Good luck to him. He was crap, but good luck to him.
He probably had all sorts of clauses in his contract (e.g. loyalty bonus at end of contract) which no doubt has been waived or at least reduced in order for the club to agree to terminate. So although we might not have got a fee, we will have saved money somewhere down the line so in effect have made a return. Good luck to him. He was crap, but good luck to him. petsoundsnick
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree