Preston transition talk dismissed by Neil

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Preston boss Alex Neil says the summer is an opportunity to build upon the solid platform they have established this season.

Preston boss Alex Neil says the summer is an opportunity to build upon the solid platform they have established this season.

The Lilywhites had looked well set to be involved in the Championship play-off shake-up heading into the latter stages of the campaign, only to fall away badly as they ended up 14th.

Despite a disappointing end to the season, Neil believes his squad showed over the majority of the year that they are capable of fighting for promotion if they can improve upon what they have got.

The Preston boss says the net has been cast far and wide in search of new talent heading into the summer and has denied the suggestion the off-season will be one of rebuilding.

When asked by the Lancashire Evening Post if this was a summer of transition, Neil said: ‘I wouldn’t say that, no.

That would suggest there is stuff which needs ripping up and starting again which is not the case here.

‘We have a really strong base at Preston, we have the makings of a very good team in this division.

‘We’ll have key players back for starters, Billy Bodin and Josh Harrop.

‘Billy was out for all of the season and Josh most of it, both of them are really good players.

‘We have got the basis of a very good squad and we need to top that up, improve it.

I want us to take the next step forward, push on and show our promise.’

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