PNE youngster in demand

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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson is prepared to let young striker Jack Ryan go out on loan again for more first-team experience after his recent recall to Deepdale.

The teenager scored four goals for Stockport County in the Conference North after joining them on a youth loan at the start of the season.

He was called back by PNE as cover ahead of the 3-3 draw against Chesterfield a week last Tuesday after injuries to Jordan Hugill, Kevin Davies and Andy Little.

But the situation up front has eased slightly with the loan signing of Callum Robinson and Little’s impending return to fitness.

Ryan scored the winner for PNE in a friendly against Rochdale at Springfields in midweek and the first-year professional is showing plenty of promise for the future.

Grayson told the Evening Post: “Jack is a lad who we have high hopes for. We sent him out on loan to Stockport for experience and he got goals there.

“The other week we got him back here because we needed more bodies in the squad while we saw where we were going to be with injuries.

“He performed very well for the reserves on Tuesday and got his goal. If Jack is not going to be in our first-team squad in the next week or so, we could send him out on loan again.

“It is far better for him to be playing senior football than just training here day in, day out.

“The recall from Stockport was just about us having some cover and Jack understood the situation.

“Even when he was out on loan he would train here on a Monday and Friday because Stockport only train Tuesday and Thursday. They were really pleased with him and his time there saw him build on the loan spell he had at Stalybridge at the end of last season.”

It is understood that Ryan had been watched by a couple of clubs higher up the non-league chain during his time at Stockport.

With regards to the forward line at Deepdale, Grayson is open to the possibility of using the loan market to strengthen his options.

At the moment he is playing Joe Garner as a lone striker and the addition of Villa loanee Robinson provides another type of front man.

But making a move to bring in cover for Garner cannot be ruled out during the course of the loan window which is open until late November.

Said Grayson: “Anyone we bring in will probably want to be playing straight away.

“As it stands at the moment we are playing with one up front in Joe Garner and there aren’t many strikers around who are better than him and would get into our team.

“I understand that we might need another striker and it might be further down the line that a player becomes available.

“Without Jordan and Kevin we are a little bit light. We have to bear in mind that somewhere down the line Joe could get a suspension or an injury. We will carry on assessing it.”

Meanwhile, Preston’s match at Swindon Town on October 11 has been postponed due to the home side having three international call-ups, while the away trip to Leyton Orient will now take place on Tuesday, October 28, kick-off 7-45pm.