The new Championship campaign will take a big step forward next week for Preston North End and Alex Neil with the release of the fixture list for the coming season. It has been confirmed by the EFL things will get underway on 12 September with the Carabao Cup scheduled to begin the previous week. The Lilywhites will have to contend with THIRTEEN midweek fixture cards with the regular season finishing in the second week of May.
Preparations continue for Neil after missing out on Kiefer Moore who had been linked with a move.
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1. Championship battle for striker
Barnsley's striker target Lyndon Dykes is attracting interest from around the Championship. QPR have re-joined the race for the Livingston hitman. The club have had him watched twice recently, while the Tykes' £1.2m improved bid was rejected earlier this week. Middlesbrough and Stoke City are also interested. (Scottish Sun)
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2. Key dates for Championship fans
Championship fans will find out the fixtures for their clubs in a week’s time (21 August) after the EFL announced the key dates for the upcoming season. It has been revealed there will be 13 rounds of midweek matches for second tier clubs. (EFL)
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3. Ward's Cardiff exit all but confirmed
Huddersfield Town moved a step closer to bringing Danny Ward back to the club. The striker signed a short-term deal to stay with Cardiff City until the end of the 2019/20 season and Bluebirds boss Neil Harris has revealed he expects him to leave. (Wales Online)
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4. Future for Kongolo?
There could be a future for Terence Kongolo at Huddersfield Town. The £17.5m record signing hasn’t played for the club since November and has recently been on loan at Fulham. He has been linked with a move back to the Cottagers and to AZ in the Netherlands. However, new boss Carlos Corberan is set to give all players a clean slate. (Examiner)
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