Hill joins North End
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Preston North End have signed Matt Hill from Bristol City for £100,000.
Preston North End have beaten off competition from Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers in order to land Matt Hill from Bristol City.
City had to sell once a club made a bid of £100,000 for the defender and both sides met that valuation.
With Callum Davidson and Marlon Broomes injured, North End boss Billy Davies will be pleased to have increased his options at the back.
The 23-year-old agreed personal terms at Deepdale and watched the FA Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.Hill explained why he felt it was time to leave Ashton Gate after starting his career with The Robins.
"I've been with City for 14 years, starting as a schoolboy, and the last six years have been as a professional," Hill told the club's official website.
"It's been a tough last four days. I had to weigh up all the options available to me and speak to family. It's not easy leaving your hometown club.
"But the move to Preston is a fresh new challenge and an exciting one. With all due respect to City, Preston are a big club with a lot of history.
"Ian [Holloway, QPR manager] impressed me with his ambition for QPR, he really wants to push them on and upwards.
"I had to talk long and hard with my family before opting for Preston."