Daley stays on PNE transfer list

Out of favour: Keammar Daley
Out of favour: Keammar Daley
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Keammar Daley will remain on the Deepdale transfer list despite being back in training with the Preston North End first-team squad.

The Reggae Boy (right) pulled on a North End shirt for the first time this season in the Lancashire Senior Cup defeat to Morecambe on Tuesday.

He played the full game on the right wing and later missed a penalty in the shoot-out.

In pre-season, Daley was among a group of eight players who had to train apart from the first-team squad.

The 24-year-old is the only one of that group still at the club. And he has been back training with Graham Westley’s squad for the last couple of weeks.

PNE’s chairman of football Peter Ridsdale told the Evening Post: “Nothing has changed with Keammar.

“He’s a contracted player until the end of the season and is available for loan or permanent transfer.

“Keammar has been training with the first-team squad and played in the midweek cup game.”

Daley’s dream move to English football has turned into something of a nightmare.

He joined North End from Jamaican club Tivoli Gardens in August last year after a two-game trial.

But the winger made only fleeting appearances during Phil Brown’s reign, and has not played since Westley took charge. In the summer he spent time on trial with St Johnstone, but the SPL club didn’t return with a firm offer for him.

There was also talk of a move to Turkish football, although there wasn’t time to get a deal done before the transfer window in Turkey closed in early September.

Meanwhile, North End boss Westley believes the extra fitness work his squad does, will soon start to pay dividends.

Westley’s liking for spending longer on the training ground is well documented, and this is the time of the season when the gruelling sessions can reap the benefits.

He said: “We have a phenomenal endurance base and all the sides I have managed have got stronger as the season goes on.

“In the first 10-12 games of the season, you can see that all teams have worked hard in pre-season and put the hours into people’s legs.

“We sustain that and build on it as the season goes along.

“It’s no secret that my previous promotion-winning sides really kick along as the season progresses.

“I’m sure a lot of that is about an endurance base, the reason we also get stronger in games is because of the work we do.

“Early in games, the physical aspect is more level.

“That is when you have to have the mentality to be more tactically clever to unlock the opposition or give yourself a platform to push on later.

“As the game goes on, you can then take advantage of stronger endurance to try and win the game.

“At the moment that is something which our players are learning about and getting their heads around.”

North End return to action on Saturday against Sheffield United at Deepdale, before making the trip to Scunthorpe on Tuesday night.

Their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area quarter-final tie against Bury will take place at Gigg Lane on Tuesday, December 4, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Admission will be £10 for adults (including senior citizens) and £5 for Under-16s.

North End are to be allocated the same areas of the ground they had for the league game last month.

Westley’s men will find out on Sunday afternoon who their opponents are for the first round of the FA Cup - ties will be played on November 3.