Transfer business still to be done in and out of Deepdale says Preston boss Alex Neil

Alan Browne returned to pre-season training with PNE yesterda y after a slightly extended holiday
Alan Browne returned to pre-season training with PNE yesterda y after a slightly extended holiday

Alex Neil says Preston are not finished yet in their transfer business – both in and out of Deepdale.

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The Lilywhites boss has a ‘couple’ of incoming targets, while there are a handful of players in the squad who he wants to see move on.

Neil is pleased with the signings made so far, five new faces having been added to the squad over the summer.

He was keen to strike early in the transfer market, 
enabling him to work with the new boys from the first day of pre-season training.

“Getting five players in by this stage is really pleasing,” said Neil.

“Looking at the majority of teams in this league, we have done more business than they have in terms of getting our targets in.

“We still have some more business to do, however it is not always easy when you are dealing with other clubs.

“We are doing everything we possibly can to get deals across the line to get players in and out.

“Peter Ridsdale and myself have been in the game long enough to understand how it all works.

“It doesn’t really make it any easier to accept but it is what it is.

“Some clubs haven’t had a manager until recently – that can be a factor.

“The good thing is that we are very solid in our planning, we are not working off the cuff.

“I think we are in a good place.”

Neil refused to go into too much detail about the areas of the squad he wants to bolster.

But another striker is a high priority.

Said Neil: “I’m not going to let on too much.

“I have a squad out there who might be thinking I’m trying to replace them, which is not the case.

“We are trying to bring a couple of bodies in and then we will take it from there.”

In terms of players going out of Deepdale, no secret has been made of a desire to find new homes for Eoin Doyle, Ben Pringle, Andy Boyle, Marnick Vermijl and Kevin O’Connor.

All are back training with PNE after being out on loan last season.

Neil said: “We need to trim the squad, not all of them can play so the best thing for them is to go out and get games.

“I have made that clear to them, we will try and help that the best we can.

“We don’t want anyone’s career stalling.”

On the squad front, Alan Browne returned to training yesterday after being given a few extra days’ rest following international duty earlier in the summer.

Neil said: “Alan had done all of the Republic of Ireland’s camps and been in all of their squads.

“We gave him a couple of extra days off and Monday was his first day back.”