Date: 30th December 2010 at 10:39pm
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Accrington-born midfielder and former Clarets player, Richard Chaplow has completed a permanent move from Preston North End to Southampton after spending three months on loan at St Marys.

He will officially become a Saints player when the transfer window opens on 1 January after agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal.

Chaplow started his career at Turf Moor before signing for West Bromwich Albion for £1.5m in January 2005.

He then joined Preston three years later. Chaplow impressed at Deepdale initially before falling out of favour under recently sacked Preston boss, Darren Ferguson.

Speaking about the Saints move, Chaplow said:

‘Coming down here on loan was always with a view to signing permanently if it worked out for all parties. That’s how it’s gone and I’m delighted to be here.’

Chaplow now looks set to continue to help Southampton gain promotion from League 1. They are currently 5th in the league just two points behind the automatic promotion places with a game in hand.

Meanwhile, the departure of manager, Darren Ferguson and assistant manager Kevin Russell at Preston this week meant good news for one of our former defenders, David Unsworth.

Preston have appointed Chorley-born,first-team coach Unsworth as caretaker boss.

Chairman Maurice Lindsay said Unsworth’s appointment was a good one for Preston:

‘We are delighted David has agreed to take care of the club at a difficult time – it couldn’t be in better hands,’ Lindsay said

‘David is a Preston man. He loves the club and is one of the most enthusiastic people in football. He will have the full support of the club and the players.’

The former Everton defender and England international is now 37 and also enjoyed spells during his playing career at West Ham, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Ipswich (on loan), Sheffield United and Wigan before Steve Cotterill brought him to Turf Moor in August 2007 on a one-year contract.

At the end of the season, he was offered a new deal as a player/coach by manager Owen Coyle, but he rejected the offer and left the club in June 2008.

In August 2008, he joined Huddersfield on a one-year deal after impressing in the Terriers’ pre-season but announced his retirement from football in April 2009 after being released.

Unsworth then joined Preston North End as development coach. He was promoted to first team coach following the departure of Alan Irvine from Preston.

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