Neil suggests young PNE squad needs older heads

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Preston boss Alex Neil admits he will be shopping for experience when he considers his summer transfer targets.

Preston boss Alex Neil admits he will be shopping for experience when he considers his summer transfer targets.

Neil signed a new three-year contract at Deepdale earlier this month and with North End now too far back to challenge for the play-offs, has spoken about the job he must do in terms of improving his squad this summer.

‘If we can keep the majority of our key players fit, automatically you give yourself a good opportunity of being in the top half and challenging for the top six,’ he told reporters on Thursday.

‘If we can then supplement that by signing a few players who have got experience to a point, then all the better.

‘If you look for example at Brad Potts, he came in and made a really good impact for us.

‘Albeit he was playing in League One when we signed him, he’d had experience in the Championship with Barnsley.

‘He knew what the level was, he wasn’t a young kid learning his trade, he was 24.

‘The difference between coaching a 20-year-old and a 24-year-old or 25-year-old is quite big.

‘ Only two Championship clubs have given more game-time to players aged 23 or under this season, so Neil won’t be looking to bring in any more young faces at this time.

‘Realistically if you look at it, are we going to bring somebody in younger than Ryan Ledson as cover for Ryan?’ he added.

‘Are we going to bring in someone younger than Jordan Storey as cover for Jordan?’

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