PNE aim to do business in loan market

Preston North End's Nicky Wroe
Preston North End's Nicky Wroe
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Preston North End will turn to the loan window to do transfer business after last night’s deadline passed without incident at Deepdale.

Top of Graham Westley’s wish-list is someone to bring some attacking creativity to the midfield, and efforts were made to secure a target before the 11pm cut-off.

But it is understood the player they want will still be available when the Football League’s loan window opens later next week.

The close of the transfer window is not so final for clubs outside of the Premier League, with the loan market available to fall back on until the end of March.

Players without a club can also join outside of the main window, North End having run the rule over a number of trialists in the last fortnight.

Westley said: “Not long after the transfer window shuts, the loan market opens and that provides an opportunity.

“You can sometimes get your knickers in a twist by trying to get things done by the close of the window, when in reality things can still get done in a week or so.

“There is no great panic from my point of view. We spoke about one or two things.

“The transfer window is a bigger thing for the Premier League, where the rules are different.”

Westley will work with what he has got for tomorrow’s clash with Shrewsbury Town (3pm), his midfield including former Shrew Nicky Wroe.

The midfielder, who spent 18 months with the Shropshire club, is PNE’s top scorer with nine goals.

North End supporters will be desperately hoping for a long-overdue home victory. It is more than four months since PNE won at Deepdale in the league, the winless streak now measuring 10 games.

Last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Coventry saw some improvement on recent performances, Westley detecting more of a spring in his side’s step.

“I thought they showed more confidence playing in the home arena last week,” said the North End boss. “When you look at the home record, had we turned a few of the draws into wins we would be right up there – the margins are very fine.

“At home we haven’t had enough big-club players available, a few of the lads have looked a bit hesitant and nervous.

“Nervousness can transfer itself around the place – the players transfer it to the fans, and the players in turn feel it from the supporters.

“We were at our best at home earlier in the season and things then were very good.

“If you remember back to then, we were putting out a fully-fit, strong side and we got some results.

“All of a sudden you take out one or two players and the team hasn’t been quite so convincing.

“We’ve got to get into the frame of mind where our play dictates the terms of a game whoever that is against.

“We have to play on the front foot, be known as a side which passes the ball, has purpose in its play and scores convincing goals.”

Westley will stick closely to the side which faced Coventry, as he would have done at Crawley on Tuesday night, had the game not been postponed – the visit to the Broadfield Stadium has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 19.

Westley, meanwhile, has revealed that veteran striker Lee Trundle has suffered another injury setback.

Trundle is now struggling with an ankle injury, with North End waiting for the results of a scan to determine the extent of any damage.

He has only made two substitute appearances this season, the bulk of his absence being due to surgery he had to repair cartilage damage in his knee during pre-season.

Said Westley: “Lee is struggling, to say the least. He was out with a hamstring strain, which was in part due to being out for so long with his knee.

“He’s now got a foreign body floating around his ankle which is causing him problems.

“There are one or two issues which don’t look like they are going to cure themselves any time soon.”