The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Chris Bailey

AIDEN McGEADY joked that he could be his own agent af­ter forc­ing through a dead­line day loan move from Ever­ton to Pre­ston North End.

The Repub­lic of Ire­land star even opted to miss Rob­bie Keane’s fi­nal in­ter­na­tional so that he could en­sure his move to the Lil­whites went through.

McGeady re­vived his Euro 2016 hopes last year with a move to Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, and he will re­turn to Cham­pi­onship foot­ball again un­der North End boss Si­mon Grayson.

The 30-year-old for­mer Celtic winger has 85 caps for the Repub­lic of Ire­land and joins Mid­dles­brough’s Alex Baptiste and the Owls’ Mar­nick Ver­mijl in link­ing up with Pre­ston at the 11th hour.

Put­ting every­thing on hold, McGeady dealt with the back-and-forth ne­go­ti­a­tions to bag him­self a deal.

“I didn’t want the risk of it not hap­pen­ing by go­ing to the game,” he said. “It was Rob­bie’s last, but there was paper­work that had to get signed and I thought I might have to do a med­i­cal.

“I was anx­ious about what might hap­pen, but the man­ager was fine with me.

“He un­der­stood the sit­u­a­tion, so I stayed be­hind when the team left and got all the paper­work through and sorted it out my­self.”

Un­wanted by Ron­ald Koe­man, McGeady was re­lieved to se­cure some reg­u­lar foot­ball for the year.

MOVE: Aiden McGeady

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