It’s been a busy old month at Deepdale. In truth, it simply had to be.
North End went into the transfer window with a threadbare squad and a number of holes that needed plugging.
Five signings have come in; Connor Ripley, Joe Rafferty, Brad Potts, Josh Ginnelly and Jayden Stockley.
Not only have they arrived, but players like Ben Davies, Seani Maguire and Louis Moult are back from injury too.
That means that North End’s squad now looks much stronger than it did even back to the start of the season. Yet, with that, some players must leave.
Ripley’s arrival allowed Chris Maxwell to join Charlton, whilst Calum Woods has moved on to Bradford after the signing of Rafferty.
Others may still go before next week’s transfer deadline, and the writing may be on the wall for Graham Burke.
Burke, a summer signing from Shamrock Rovers, always seemed like a punt at best.
He had struggled to break through at Aston Villa, and even struggled with Notts County in League Two.
Yes, the playmaker thrived in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers, but his move even surprised Irish football fans.
Burke was already on the fringes before the injury crisis – and he didn’t take his chance when it came.
The 25-year-old was hauled off at half time against Hull City on Boxing Day, and whilst he improved against Aston Villa just days later, he again went off at half time against Doncaster Rovers.
Burke hasn’t played since, and his Preston career may already be nearing an end.
Alex Neil is hugely unlikely to pick Burke again, and would probably even prefer to play Jack Baxter or Adam O’Reilly at this point.
With little sign of him adapting to Championship football, it would be little surprise to see him move on soon, either at the end of the season or, ideally, before next week’s deadline, cutting the losses from an ill-fated summer deal.