PNE boss is the loan arranger

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has impressed during his loan at Preston
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has impressed during his loan at Preston
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Simon Grayson is pleased that clubs are continuing to place their trust in Preston North End by loaning them players.

Grayson became the loan arranger again after agreeing a deal to take Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach on a 93-day deal.

Reach is one of five loan players in the Lilywhites squad, together with Jordan Pickford, Will Keane, Eoin Doyle and Marnick Vermijl.

Managers can name five players in an 18-man matchday squad but there is no limit on how many loans a club can have at one time

Grayson told the Evening Post: “I think we have got a good reputation among other clubs when it comes to getting players on loan.

“We try to utilise the contacts we have and it is no coincidence that we have got players from some big clubs.

“Will Keane is here from Manchester United, Jordan Pickford from Sunderland.

“Another big club, Middlesbrough, have allowed us to have Adam Reach.

“We want to create a good environment here and it is part of these players’ development that they can come here and get better.

“At the same time, we benefit from having some very good players in the squad.

“Getting Adam Reach here will help give our squad a good balance.

“It was a quick turnaround for the lad as he only met the lads for the first time on Friday.

“But I had no hesitation in throwing him straight in against Wolves and he will have benefitted from that.

“Adam now has a full week of training to get used to us and how we want to play.”

Of the borrowed players at Deepdale, there is no doubt that goalkeeper Pickford has shone the brightest so far.

He made another two good saves in the Wolves game to help enhance his reputation.

There were reports over the weekend that Premier League strugglers Sunderland could call him back to the Stadium of Light in January.

Pickford is on loan for the season but in line with many long-term loans, there is understood to be a 10-day window in January when his parent club can recall him.

He has played all 12 of North End’s games this term, and earlier this month, won two caps for England Under-21s.

The terms of Vermijl’s loan from Sheffield Wednesday will prevent him being in PNE’s squad at Hillsborough this weekend.

Likewise, Doyle will not be able to face Cardiff after the international break in October.

Meanwhile, two of the clubs in the lower reaches of the table with Preston, yesterday parted company with their managers.

Brentford sacked Marninus Dijkhuizen after only nine games and have put Lee Carsley in charge.

Steve Evans left Rotherham, having been at the helm for more than three years. His No.2, ex-PNE winger Paul Raynor, has also left.