Date: 14th February 2009 at 10:30am
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Preston’s newest signing Andrew Davies has revealed that he turned down a move to Carrow Road for a shorter deal closer to home.

A proposed deadline-day move to Norfolk reportedly only broke down due to the former Southampton star getting caught up in the heavy snow drifting across the Midlands, and was widely expected to become a Norwich City player when the loan window re-opened on Tuesday.

However with the Canaries preferring a deal for the rest of the season, the 24-year-old decided a month-long stint Lancashire better suited his needs.

‘I spoke to them [Norwich] earlier this week but they wanted to take me for the rest of the season and I didn’t feel it was the right move for me, in terms of the location,’ he told Whites World. ‘I could have been playing for Norwich this weekend but instead I’ll be lining up against them.’

Davies was Southampton captain last season as the Saints narrowly avoided relegation to League One, and a second successive relegation scrap probably didn’t hold too much appeal compared to a push for a Championship play-off place – particularly so close to his £1m move to the Premier League.

‘I’ve come to test myself,’ he continued.

‘Instead of just sitting there and doing nothing at Stoke I want to come here and play football and try and help the lads achieve promotion.

‘I’m really looking forward to it, it’s a good opportunity for me. I haven’t played for quite a few months so it’s going to be a good challenge for me so I am looking forward to it.

‘I was at Middlesbrough for a long time and then I played at Southampton last year, it’s a tough division and I’ve played against Preston a few times, they’re a good team and I am really looking forward to getting involved with the lads.’

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