DELIGHTED Town manager Peter Jackson was today tying up the loan signing of Preston striker Pawel Abbott.
The 22-year-old will join the McAlpine squad for a month, but he cannot make his debut at Torquay on Saturday because he's returning to Poland to get exemption from national service!
Abbott - a Polish Under 21 cap who scored against Town Reserves last night - will link up with Jackson's squad on Monday and lead the line against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground on Tuesday.
"Pawel is the man we want, so we are getting everything sorted out today and we will welcome him to the squad at our Devon hotel on Monday," said Jackson.
"He is a lad I've kept tabs on for the last 12 months, he did well on loan for Bury last season and he scores goals, so I think he's a terrific acquisition for us.
"I spoke with him last night and again this morning, he is very keen to come and get involved and his manager, Craig Brown, has been a big help as well.
"Pawel (pronounced Pavel) is coming for a month with a view to a permanent transfer, he is the sort of striker who works very hard for the team and I'm sure our fans will take to him in a big way."
Born in York - his father is English and his mother Polish - he moved to Poland as an 11-year-old and grew up playing football with LKS Lodz.
Preston signed him for £125,000 when David Moyes was manager but he is currently battling against Ricardo Fuller, David Healy, Richard Cresswell, George Koumantarakis and Simon Lynch, who also scored against Town Reserves last night in Preston's 4-2 success at Bamber Bridge.
Abbott created two goals and scored a cracking left-foot volley.
His five goals for Preston's first team include two this term - one against Watford and the winner against Forest.
"He is the sort of lad who chases lost causes and always shows for the ball," added Jackson, who watched Andy Booth, Tony Carss and Paul Scott come through unscathed at Irongate last night.
"It's a shame he won't be available for this Saturday, but we'll get all the paperwork completed so that he can join us Monday."
Trialist goalkeeper Sam Russell has had to return to Middlesbrough after suffering a thigh injury last night, when Scott and John Thorrington were Town's scorers.
The 21-year-old limped off after 61 minutes and will report again to Jackson when he is fully recovered.
With Ian Gray still under treatment for a niggling hand injury, young stopper Jacob Giles will travel with the first-team squad tomorrow and be on the bench against both Torquay and Bristol Rovers.