Simon Grayson believes he has chosen a good time to strengthen the Preston squad with the signing of Scott Wiseman.
The Deepdale boss was keen to do some incoming business from a position of strength in the heart of the League One promotion mix.
Wiseman’s move from Barnsley was sealed yesterday lunchtime, in time for him to be in the North End squad for today’s visit to Wolves.
He has signed an 18-month deal at PNE having agreed to the cancellation of the final few months of his contract with the Tykes.
Grayson has tracked the 28-year-old since he was in charge of Huddersfield, and thinks his versatility will increase competition in the back line.
“We looked at the situation and felt that area of the pitch was somewhere where we needed to strengthen,” said Grayson.
“Scott is a versatile player, can play centre-half, right-back, right wing-back.
“He is a player with a lot of experience who has played in a few divisions, but notably in the Championship for the last two or three years.
“He’s a good size, a good lad and is still hungry to be successful.
“Scott has turned down a couple of Championship clubs to come here, that is good because he can see what we are trying to achieve.
“A couple of other moves did not materialise for him last season.
“When I became aware he might be available I spoke to Trevor Hemmings and Peter Ridsdale, and they sanctioned a deal which was great.
“Sometimes you can bring players in when a side is struggling, but I always think it is a good time to strengthen the squad when you are doing well.
“We have done that with Neil Kilkenny and Paul Gallagher, and now with Scott.
“When you look at the rest of the squad, we are well pretty well covered in midfield and the wide areas, and we have decent strikers up front.
“Bringing Scott in was an opportunity to sign a player who can play right across the back. Tom Clarke and Jack King are versatile, Bailey Wright is too.
“The bar has been raised now in terms of competition at the back, and that can only be good.”
North End yesterday allowed Nicky Wroe to join Oxford United on loan until the end of the season.
Wroe had been on loan at Shrewsbury since October and was due to stay there until the end of this month.
But when Oxford came in with an offer to take him for the remainder of the campaign, Wroe’s stay at Greenhous Meadow was cut short by a couple of weeks.
Grayson has not ruled out further incoming business.
He said: “Any manager will tell you that they always want more. If someone else became available which makes us better as a squad, then I would ask the question – you can only be told ‘yes or no’.
“Everything I have asked for here, whether that is a player or something behind the scenes, I have been given and I couldn’t be happier with that.
“We have a very competitive squad.”