It all just feels too familiar, doesn’t it?
We’ve been here before; Preston sign a player on loan, we all fall in love with him and then the fear sets in, the dread that that they won’t be at Deepdale for much longer.
That’s the case right now with Leicester City loanee Daniel Iversen, who has captured the hearts of North End fans.
Jordan Pickford is one of the best loanees the club has signed in recent times, but at least we knew then that we had no chance of signing him permanently.
In other cases, the fanbase has gone wild for a loan signing, begging the club to make a move and sign them permanently.
We all remember Ross Wallace in the 2008-09 season. The Scot became a fan favourite after arriving on loan from Sunderland, leading to fans chanting – more like begging – ‘Sign on Wallace, sign on!’
It worked, as Wallace did join Preston permanently, and you can be sure that the same chant would be ringing around Deepdale for Iversen right now.
The Danish goalkeeper is going the same way as Wallace; a loanee that Preston fans love so much after making a huge impression.
Let’s hope it ends the same way as Wallace, but there will be a sense of deja vu over Iversen, having seen a number of key loanees slip through the net over years gone by.
Sam Johnstone springs to mind; he played an important role in Preston’s promotion from League One in 2015, but North End couldn’t quite get him back for good; a one-month loan in January 2016 was the best on offer.
Aiden McGeady is another case. He lit up Preston’s 2016-17 season with one of the best campaigns we’ve seen from anybody in a North End shirt, but even though he was open to staying permanently once his loan from Everton ended, he joined Sunderland instead.
The Johnstone and McGeady situations really hurt, and with Iversen arguably Preston’s Player of the Year despite only arriving in January, North End fans will hope not to get hurt again.