The left back has never really been at home at Preston since joining under Simon Grayson. He sLipped behind Josh Earl to become the third choice left back last season.
Even when h was given a start he looked out of his depth at Championship level. When both Cunningham and Earl were fit last season he faded into the background and since then Neil has always looked to move the left back out.
O'Connor has signed a loan deal which will keep him at Crewe until January.