Max Ehmer has joined Preston on loan until the end of the season from QPR.
The German defender, 20, has spent the majority of the season on loan at fellow League One side Yeovil Town but returned to QPR when both sides changed managers.
But QPR manager Mark Hughes feels Ehmer is best served by spending another spell on loan at Preston - and boss Graham Westley is delighted with the signing.
"Max gives us versatility, he can play at centre back or play in the midfield holding role," Westley said. "He has got plenty of experience at League One level and for those reasons he gives us an extra pair of legs.
"I've seen a little bit of him over the last couple of years and he is certainly a steady player who can make a strong contribution to the side. He knows this level of football and I know that Queens Park Rangers think very highly of him."