Grayson has faith in his PNE squad

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SIMON Grayson has put his faith in the Preston North End squad to battle for promotion without the need for any late reinforcements.

he Deepdale boss allowed the loan deadline to pass quietly yesterday, choosing not to do any incoming business.

Grayson believes that the PNE squad has sufficient strength and depth to cover the remaining games.

And if the need arises, there are recall options on many of the dozen or so players who the Lilywhites have out on loan at the moment.

North End have seven more games of the regular season to play, starting with the visit of Crawley Town to Deepdale tomorrow (3pm).

They are close to securing a place in the play-offs, though the focus inside the squad remains on challenging for an automatic slot.

Grayson said: “We are happy with the squad that we have got to take us through until the end of the season. Also we have got plenty of players out on loan who we can recall at any time.

“We didn’t need to do any business yesterday because we had done our work previously. Bringing anyone new in wasn’t something that I was looking at doing.

“We’ve got a good squad and an adaptable squad. These players can go into different positions if you ask them to do.

“For the Peterborough game on Tuesday night we still had players unable to get into the squad even when we had a couple of injuries.

“If you go into the market at this stage of the season, you have to think who is going to be available, are they match fit and are they sharp enough?

“I don’t think at the moment that there is too much available which would strengthen our team. There has got to be a reason why clubs are allowing players to go out on loan.

“The reason will be that they have not been playing much for their club.

“Were we to have taken players, it would have been to make up numbers and maybe cover for injuries.

“But we have adequate cover with the players that we already have at the club.”

There was some outgoing business done yesterday, with youngsters Nick Anderton and Alex Nicholson joining Chorley on loan until the end of the season.

Grayson will be forced into a change for tomorrow’s game, Scott Wiseman having suffered a knee injury early in the win over Peterborough.

Tom Clarke is likely to take his place at right-back after sitting out the midweek win with a tight hamstring.

Said Grayson: “Scott hasn’t had his scan yet and is still on crutches as a precautionary measure. It was an innocuous tackle – he fell awkwardly and jarred his knee.

“We will assess how Tom is. At a push he could have played the other night but there was no point rushing him.”

PNE could face Jeffrey Monakana tomorrow, their ex-winger having joined Crawley on a month’s loan from Brighton. The 20-year-old was sold to Brighton by PNE in January.

He joins ex-North Enders Jamie Proctor and Paul Connolly in the Crawley squad.