Brandon is hoping to kickstart his career

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Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft has sealed the signing of an extremely talented former Preston North End youngster.

Brandon Zibaka has signed with the Evo-Stik League side in a bid to kickstart his stalling career.

Zibaka was highly rated by the Deepdale outfit but the club had no other option but to release several development squad players due to financial reasons.

The front man has spent the summer attempting to find a club having trials at Championship sides Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley.

But things haven’t worked out, so Flitcroft is delighted to welcome on board the striker who made his debut for the PNE first team at just 16 years and 161 days old.

Flitcroft said: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Brandon on board.

“He has been training with us for a while and I’m impressed with what I have seen.

“He has good feet and natural finishing ability so he is a much welcomed addition to the squad.”

Flitcroft also touched on the striker’s keenness to get back into football and get his career back on track.

He added: “Brandon wants to be playing football and he hopes that this move can help his career.”

Flitcroft was also delighted with how side performed against Whitby Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday, particularly with the defensive display and dominant


He said: “I thought the win was fully deserved.

“I always look to dominate games and dominate possession and that’s what we did.

“We could have easily bagged a couple more goals but we didn’t always make the right decision.

“But I like to focus on the positives and Whitby only had one effort all game, which shows how well we played.”

Flitcroft was also full of praise for striker James Dean, who again but in a tireless performance up front.

He added: “Deano has been fantastic ever since he joined the club.

“I watched him at Fylde and I knew he fell out with the manager there.

“And when you have fallen out with somebody you want to go somewhere else.

“We have brought him here now and you see what you get from him.

“ He works tirelessly up front and he is a great target man.

“I was gutted for him as his performance deserved a goal.”