D-day looms for PNE ace Kev

Kevin Davies hopes to get a player-coach role at Preston
Kevin Davies hopes to get a player-coach role at Preston
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Kevin Davies hopes to sort out his Preston North End future over the next few days.

The veteran striker is out of contract at the end of the month and has had talks with PNE about a combined coaching and playing role.

No formal offer has yet been made but Davies is keen on the idea of continuing his playing career at the same time as picking up some coaching experience.

He joined North End two years ago on a Bosman, after a decade with Bolton.

The 38-year-old has made 90 appearances, scoring six goals – a header against Coventry in February was the 150th goal of his career.

In the season just finished, Davies featured in 44 games, with 14 of those being starts.

He came off the bench in the League One play-off final at Wembley, playing the last 22 minutes.

Davies said: “I’m waiting for a formal offer from the club.

“It can tick all the boxes in terms of continuing playing – the Championship is fantastic – and going on and doing some more hours of coaching with a view to life beyond playing.

“Hopefully we will get it all tied up towards the end of this week or into next week.”

The majority of Davies’ starts in 2014/15 came in December, January and February when Joe Garner was out injured.

He was in the starting XI against Manchester United in the FA Cup on February 16 and made 12 appearances as a substitute after that.

Although his playing role might be reduced if he stayed on, Davies’ experience around the dressing room would still be extremely valuable as North End make the step up to the Championship.

Davies is confident that the club can settle well into the higher division.

He said: “There are some really good players. Jermaine Beckford and Joe Garner have been outstanding and Paul Gallagher has just re-signed.

“We’ve played some good teams in the cups in the last two years and done really well against them, so we have had a taste of it.

“Everyone is motivated to do well – the manager, the owner, players and fans.

“It is a fantastic club and has done really well.”

Meanwhile, North End are looking to add another friendly to their pre-season schedule.

They had pencilled in a game against Spanish side Real Sociedad – coached by former Preston boss David Moyes – at Deepdale on Monday, July 27.

However, Sociedad are now heading to China for a tour around that date.

That leaves a week’s gap in PNE’s build-up between the friendlies against Southport (July 21) and Carlisle (July 28).

If another fixture is arranged, at this stage it is likely to be away.

The one scheduled home friendly is against Scottish side Hearts on Saturday, July 18.

North End have sold 1,500 season tickets in the first two days of sale.

They are on open sale, with existing season ticket holders having until July 11 to reserve their usual seat. Ambassadors have until July 11 to claim their 25% discount.