Saints have signed Richard Chaplow on loan from Preston North End.

The 25 year-old returns to the club for an initial one month's loan from Deepdale to boost Saints' midfield options ahead of a busy period for the team.

He first arrived at St. Mary's during the 2005/06 season on a three month loan from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. During that spell, he played eleven games and scored once in a match at Brighton before a cartilage injury curtailed his temporary stay on the south coast.

Nigel Adkins has moved to bring in the once capped England Under-21 international as Morgan Schneiderlin and Dean Hammond are close to five bookings apiece, whilst Paul Wotton is currently out injured.

Accrington-born Chaplow, first rose to prominence as part of the Burnley side that knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup in 2005. Impressive performances for the Clarets and his reputation of an energetic playing style, earned him a £1.5 million move to West Brom during the 2005 transfer window.

He pitched up at Burnley's rivals, Preston North End in 2008 where he has remained since, featuring in over 70 games for the Lancashire side, and scoring eight goals.

richard chaplow  Chaplow took part in training at Staplewood earlier today

Saints First Team Manager, Nigel Adkins, was delighted to have captured the signature of a "quality midfield player" to add competition to his midfield. Speaking exclusively to he explained:

"Richard is going to come and join us for a month now. The big thing is that I am aware that Dean Hammond is sitting on four bookings, Morgan is sitting on three bookings and is also going on international duty next week, whilst Paul Wotton has a bit of a back injury.

"He's an exceptional talent, unfortunately he's not been playing up at Preston for whatever reason, that's not for us to talk about, but what we have got is an opportunity for us to bring him into our environment and add some valuable cover to the group of players that we have got.

"It's a win-win situation where we are bringing him in for a month, we can have a look at him, he's not figured this season as a first team starter, so we need to assess where he is from a fitness point of view. He is a naturally fit player, a very energetic player who has played in the Premiership and is still at a young age. He is a quality midfield player who will add strength to the squad."