Birmingham City: AFC Telford sign teenage keeper Callum Preston

Callum Preston
Preston has had first-team experience on loan at Worcester City

AFC Telford United have made their second loan signing in as many days by bringing in teenage goalkeeper Callum Preston from Birmingham City.

Preston, 19, will be available for this Saturday's crunch home game against Conference relegation rivals Dartford.

"He's a talented lad rated highly by Birmingham," Telford boss Steve Kittrick told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"The experience of coming here to be in a first-team environment here will be good for him."

Preston's grounding at Wast Hills
Callum Preston has spent the past five years with the Birmingham City Academy at Wast Hills. He signed his first professional contract with Championship side Birmingham City last summer.

Preston, who has previously been put on loan at Conference North side Worcester City, played for Telford against Blues in a friendly at the Bucks Head on Wednesday night.

He follows Tuesday's signing of experienced centre-half Ian Sharps on loan from Burton Albion.

The Bucks, who currently stand 23rd in the Conference, go into Saturday's game eight points adrift of safety. But they are just one place and one point behind Saturday's visitors Dartford - and have only lost once in six league games since Kittrick took charge on 22 December.

Telford drew 3-3 at Eastleigh last weekend to move off the foot of the table for the first time since September. A third win in seven Conference games under Kittrick would lift them a further place in the table.

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