Three Signings That Could Massively Improve Preston North End Next Season
Simon Grayson could possibly leave Preston if Sunderland come calling and this could be a pivotal pre-season for them.
They managed to over-achieve last season (at least until the end of season malaise anyway), and are probably only a few signings away from challenging for the playoffs next season. True, their support is minimal, but so was Huddersfield’s in comparison to the likes of Derby and Aston Villa, and it is a no blocker to success in this league.
Keeping hold of Jordan Hugill should be the first thing to tick off in the summer but, in terms of incomings, here we look at three possible signings which could help North End achieve their ambitious yet realistic goals next season.
Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers)
25 years old, improving, captain of Blackburn Rovers, former England under-21 international, relegated to League One, looking for a way out and available on a free transfer. What’s not to like?
Lowe would represent a very good signing for Preston and, being from Wigan as well as playing for Rovers, he knows the area very well. Lowe will understand what is expected at Deepdale and has the quality to play in the upper echelons of the Championship.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham)
With a similar profile to Lowe, except that he is mid-20’s and a central midfield player, the lad from Heywood came through the academy at Manchester United and certainly has a good grounding.
Tunnicliffe is another player who is available on a free transfer this month and could be offered the chance to come back to his native north-west by Simon Grayson. Free transfers of this quality are rare and also leave Preston open to paying higher wages than they could normally afford in order to snare better players. Tunnicliffe would definitely be a step up.
Declan Rudd (Norwich City)
Chris Maxwell played most of Preston’s games in goal this season but the jury is out on whether he will be good enough to be their last line of defence in a promotion season. Ex-Man United stopper Anders Lindegaard has been a disappointment too so goalkeeping reinforcements will be needed.
Rudd has spent time at Preston before and now needs to be a permanent number one after 9 years on the periphery at Carrow Road. The talented former England under-21 ‘keeper has spent this season in League One on loan at Charlton and has done very well, though he deserves to be at a higher level.
His contract at Norwich City expires at the end of June and so nabbing a goalkeeper of this quality for nothing would be a great move by Simon Grayson.