There were a number of spare pegs in the changing room at Springfields on Thursday as Preston North End returned for pre-season training.
Since the 4-0 play-off final victory over Swindon Town at Wembley there has been an outflux of players from Deepdale. And to date, PNE boss Simon Grayson is still waiting to make his first genuine new signing of the summer.
The fact that North End have yet to add to the squad of players they had at their disposal last season – while losing a number of individuals who made key contributions – has made a few supporters nervous.
However, the club has indicated that it is relaxed about the current situation as the new campaign approaches.
They are currently working hard behind the scenes on bringing in four quality new additions – with an emphasis on goalkeeper, full-back and striker positions.
In any case, the Deepdale hierarchy believe the squad was too big last season and needed reducing in size.
A club source said: “We had too big a squad. We were carrying 27 players – that’s too many. We want to get the squad to 22 or 23 players.”