More deals to be done at PNE

Snapped up: Neil Kilkenny has joined Preston until the end of the season
Snapped up: Neil Kilkenny has joined Preston until the end of the season
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Preston North End are looking to do more business in the transfer market after securing the permanent signing of Neil Kilkenny.

The Australian midfielder has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season, with scope to extend his stay in the summer.

With Paul Gallagher extending his loan and Alan Browne having signed from Cork City, North End have been active in the first week of the transfer window.

It is understood that they are currently tracking another target, probably on loan and ideally in time for the visit to Wolves on Saturday.

Kilkenny signed up after agreeing to the cancellation of the remainder of his Bristol City contract.

He has been on loan at PNE from the Robins since November, making five starts and two substitute appearances.

That loan ran out after the FA Cup tie at Ipswich on Saturday, and his full-time move was registered with the Football League yesterday.

Kilkenny has steadily grown into becoming a midfield regular after his first few weeks at the club were of a stop-start nature.

He was mistakenly sent off in his third game for Preston against Port Vale in November, with the red card later rescinded and given retrospectively to Joe Garner.

The 28-year-old then could not play against Bristol City as part of the terms of his loan, while an ankle injury kept him out of last month’s visit to Wycombe.

But he has started the last four games, forming a good engine-room partnership with skipper John Welsh. Kilkenny and his PNE team-mates will be backed by up to 3,500 supporters at Wolves.

Preston have been given an extra 900 tickets for the Molineux clash after selling out their initial allocation of 2,600.

The final 415 seats from the first batch were snapped up yesterday morning and PNE approached Wolves about a bigger allocation – a request which was granted after talks between the clubs.

North End put the additional tickets on sale this morning and expect to sell out of them quickly.

The fans have really travelled in their numbers in recent games, with the sold-out signs going up for Carlisle (1,773) and Shrewsbury (1,598) over Christmas.

Tickets are also now on sale for the Ipswich cup replay a week tonight. Prices are £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £3 for Under-16s.

Ambassadors get a small discount as long as they buy before 5pm next Monday, with prices for their tickets £14, £9 and £2 respectively.

Cash turnstiles will be in operation in the Sir Tom Finney Stand and Alan Kelly Town End.

The Invincibles Pavilion is only open for corporate supporters.

Ben Davies has extended his youth loan at York City for the rest of the season.

The 18-year-old joined the Minstermen in July and has made 25 appearances in their colours.

North End have a 24-hour recall on Davies if he is needed back at Deepdale.