PNE looking for a bit of zip

Alan Browne is still on international duty
Alan Browne is still on international duty
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Glynn Snodin says that adding pace to the Preston North End squad will form a key part of their summer shopping.

The Lilywhites assistant boss believes that a defensive base is already there to build on, with more speed and creativity required further forward.

A striker, midfielder and winger are high on the North End wanted list, with plenty of work going on behind the scenes to land their targets.

Snodin told the Evening Post: “When it comes to strengthening, we need to add pace to the side.

“We are hard to beat and strong mentally but we just need a little bit of pace in order to create more chances.

“Some more expressiveness in the final third is what we’re after. Joe Garner had a fantastic season with all those goals but we can’t just rely on just one fella to score.

“So we need goals coming from everywhere and need pace to set them up.

“The players have got a manager who will let them express themselves when they have the ball.

“You look back at the home game against Sheffield United when we battered them and had loads of the ball.

“We were just short of a bit of creativity, which could have made all the difference.

“There is pace in the squad already but we would like a bit more.

“Chris Humphrey is fast and we expect him to push on in his second season and be a big player for us.

“Automatic promotion is the aim for next season – we are winners here who don’t want to settle for second best.

“I’ve still not got rid of the feeling of disappointment after the Rotherham defeat which was more than a fortnight ago. I expect that feeling won’t go away until July 3 when the lads come back to training.

“We can start working hard then to put things right and build towards what we hope will be a successful season.

“When Simon Grayson and myself went in at Leeds, we got beaten in the play-off 
semi-final by Millwall.

“The next season we came back stronger, improved the squad and went up automatically.”

North End have been clearing the decks of late to allow them to do business over the close season.

Eight players were released, creating room, both in terms of numbers in the squad and on the wage bill.

With Iain Hume being one of those eight, PNE no longer have any players on contracts hanging over from their Championship days.

Snodin says that having to let players go is part and parcel of professional football.

“Some of the lads we have let out maybe just fell below what we were looking to do,” said Grayson’s No.2.

“Rather than having the quantity of say 28 players, we want the quality of 20 to 22.”

Meanwhile, PNE midfielder Alan Browne could see his season stretching into July.

The teenager is with the Republic of Ireland Under-19s side who are currently trying to qualify for the European Championships which are being held in Hungary during the summer.

Browne will be action tonight as the Irish play Turkey at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin.