All hands on deck for PNE

Enquiry: Iain Hume has been subject of loan enquiries
Enquiry: Iain Hume has been subject of loan enquiries
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Preston North End are unlikely to engage in any more outgoing loan business as they keep the first-team squad together for a promotion push.

The club have 10 players out on loan at the moment, some of them away from Deepdale for experience, while others are coming to the end of their time as North End players.

But for the 12 remaining games of the regular season it will be a case of all hands on deck for the senior players in Simon Grayson’s squad.

It is understood that PNE have batted off loan enquiries for Iain Hume, Stuart Beavon and Joel Byrom recently.

Their use has been sporadic of late but North End do not want to leave themselves short of numbers in case of injury and suspension in the coming weeks.

Hume’s last start was against Wolves in January, and he last came on as a substitute in the 2-0 home win over Notts County on February 1.

It has only been in the last fortnight that Beavon had begun to get a taste of first-team action again. The striker last started a game at Crawley on December 14.

He then had to wait until the goalless draw against MK Dons last month to get on the pitch as a second-half substitute.

Beavon has since come on late in the games against Colchester and Walsall.

Midfielder Byrom has to go much further back for his last taste of senior football. His last appearance was as a late substitute in the FA Cup win over Wycombe in early December.

And he had also got on for the last 11 minutes of the 1-0 win over Bristol City in the league the week before.

But the trio could all have their part to play as the business end of the season draws near.

North End will be mindful that top scorer Joe Garner is only a couple of bookings away from a two-game suspension.

Knocks and injuries are also inevitable as the matches come thick and fast.

On the loan front, Preston this week extended the stays of Will Hayhurst and Steven James at York City and Nantwich, respectively, until the end of the season.

But both players can be recalled to Deepdale at 24 hours’ notice.

Ben Davies (York), Ryan Croasdale and Jack Ryan (both Stalybridge Celtic) are also out on youth loans in order to get first-team experience.

John Mousinho, Nicky Wroe, Graham Cummins, Chris Beardsley and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff are in a different boat. They are out on loan and will not return, their contracts all coming to an end this summer.

Former skipper Mousinho is back with his old club Stevenage and Beardsley went to Bristol Rovers in November.

Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton), Wroe (Oxford) and Cummins (Rochdale) are all involved in a promotion battle at the top of League Two.