PNE stars get extra time...

Bailey Wright will have an extended holiday after the World Cup
Bailey Wright will have an extended holiday after the World Cup
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Simon Grayson will allow Bailey Wright and Chris Humphrey a later return to Preston North End’s pre-season training programme after their international duty.

The Lilywhites squad are back in training at Springfields on July 3.

But Wright’s World Cup adventure with Australia will only end on Monday, while Humphrey’s season stretched until June 8 after playing for Jamaica.

North End boss Grayson wants to give both some extra holiday time to ensure they are firing on all cylinders for the new campaign.

Wright, 21, was an unused substitute in Australia’s defeats to Chile and Holland.

The Socceroos’ final group game is against Spain on Monday afternoon.

With both sides eliminated and a dead rubber in terms of progressing to the knock-out stages, it is hoped that the uncapped Wright will get a run-out at some stage.

Grayson has been following his defender’s progress in Brazil.

He said: “I suppose two years ago it looked like he wasn’t even going to be playing for Preston North End again but football can change quickly and we’re delighted for him.

“It will be fantastic if he can get some game time.”

Wright’s PNE team-mate Humphrey featured in four friendly games for Jamaica at the end of May and beginning of June.

The last one of those was an 8-0 thumping by France in Paris.

Casting his eye towards the pre-season schedule, Grayson said: “These boys (Wright and Humphrey) have obviously been training and they both had a long season as well.

“Bailey played about 90% of our games – it’s been a long season physically and mentally with him going to the World Cup.

“The likelihood is that we will extend the holiday time for Bailey and I’ll speak with Chris about how he is feeling.

“He’s obviously had a couple of weeks’ extra rest to Bailey but it might be beneficial for him to have a few more days off before a long season.”