Preston North End boss Simon Grayson is set to have a busy few days next week with plans being put into place for next season’s Championship campaign.
As the dust settled on North End’s historic Wembley play-off final win over Swindon, several squad players were shown the exit door.
Keith Keane, Lee Holmes, David Buchanan, Scott Wiseman, Jack King and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake were all moved on last week to make some room on the wage bill.
Grayson has yet to dip into the coffers for a new addition ahead of PNE’s return to the English football’s second tier.
But it has been a hectic week behind the scenes at Deepdale and the club are preparing for another possible departure and a new addition.
The Evening Post understands that PNE are ready to make a signing early next week.
A club source said: “It has been a hectic week.
“Quite a few contracts have been offered and answers are expected soon.”
Discussions are on-going with last season’s loan trio Sam Johnstone, Paul Gallagher and Wembley hat-trick hero Jermaine Beckford.
And boss Grayson told the club’s website last week about his desire to secure the services of the loanees for North End’s Championship season.
He said: “I have made it quite public that I would like to retain Sam Johnstone, Paul Gallagher and Jermaine Beckford, so negotiations will be taking place with the relevant parties on all three.”
Talks are still ongoing with left-back Scott Laird, winger Chris Humphrey, midfielder John Welsh, keeper Thorsten Stuckmann and young shot-stopper Steven James.
But it is believed that progress is being made.
So next week should see a number of new contracts announced.
The source also revealed the one-year option on Bailey Wright’s contract has been activated but the club are in talks to extend his spell at Deepdale even further.