Preston North End sign McLean

Trial run: Stephen Jordan
Trial run: Stephen Jordan
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Phil Brown set the ball rolling on some eve-of-the-season incoming transfer business by signing Brian McLean on a two-year deal.

The ex-Falkirk centre-half has featured in six of Preston’s friendlies as a trialist, and did enough to persuade North End to bring him to Deepdale on a permanent basis.

Brown said: “I think the versatility of Brian was the most important part, his main position is centre-back but he can also play at right and left-back.

“He is a defensive-minded player and he is the type of lad I can work with – he has got a voice, an opinion and has a little bit of experience in the Scottish Premier League.”

Brown is confident further signings will follow the capture of McLean ahead of Saturday’s League One opener against Colchester United.

He was holding talks with the agent of Stephen Jordan today, the left-back having played in the friendlies against Morecambe and Wigan as a trialist.

And further down the line there is likely be a return to Deepdale for Keammar Daley.

The winger has gone home to Jamaica while a deal is sorted out with his club Tivoli Gardens. He would need to be granted a work permit to play in this country.

Graham Alexander could be back at Deepdale too, with the former PNE skipper thought to have been offered a short-term deal.

Alexander, 39, has been training with Bolton recently following his release last month by Burnley.

Brown hopes some new faces can help lift the spirits of North End fans after a difficult summer which culminated in the sale of Keith Treacy to Burnley yesterday.

He told the Evening Post: “I understand the frustration. Keith was a favourite of theirs and of mine.

“But there is no need for the doom and gloom. We have enough talent in the camp – let alone with the people who hopefully will be coming through the door in the next 24 hours.

“The challenge I have laid down hasn’t changed – we are going to try and get out of this league at the first shot.

“As far as Trevor Hemmings is concerned, it isn’t a bottomless pit of money. He has pledged himself to the club so far and will continue to do that.

“But relegation is a bitter pill for anyone who invests in a football club.

“Where Mr Hemmings is concerned, he wants to see a return on the field of play before reinvestment comes along. My job is to make sure we get reinvestment in terms of results. Fingers crossed, we’ll have more new players in soon.

“Keammar Daley will hopefully come back and play a part this season.

“There are no guarantees on that one yet and we would have to wait for a work permit.

“He’s had to go home for the time being.

“So Keammar won’t be ready for the start of the season, but, fingers crossed, he will play a part if we can get a deal on the table.

“With Stephen Jordan, we’re sitting down with his advisors today.”

There is some uncertainty, though, over whether PNE will try to get Amine Linganzi on a season’s loan from Blackburn.

Said Brown: “Where Amine is concerned, we were a bit disappointed he couldn’t get through the whole of the Wigan game.

“The position is that he’s available for a season-long loan.

“Last season we took him for a half-season loan and he played half a game, so we don’t want to go through that again.”

Meanwhile, North End wrapped up their pre-season friendly programme with a 4-0 victory over Salford City last night.

Jamie Proctor, Danny Mayor, Doyle Middleton and trainee Brandon Zibaka were on target at Moor Lane.