Boro have 'first option' on keeper
Tony Pulis says Middlesbrough have negotiated a "massive sell-on" clause and have "first option" to re-sign Connor Ripley from Preston.
The goalkeeper spent the first half of the season loan at League One side Accrington Stanley and impressed sufficiently to suggest he has a bright future in the game at Championship level or above.
It was thought Boro were continue to develop Ripley in the hope he would be first-choice eventually before they surprisingly allowed him to join PNE on a permanent deal earlier this week.
Pulis has explained the club have attempted to cover themselves as they can make money on him should he go on to be sold for a big fee, while the Teessiders have first option to buy him back.
"We're well covered," he said. "We've got a massive sell-on and first option to buy him back. It's a great deal for the kid, not just the football club."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.