Preston brought in eight signings over the summer, bolstering Frankie McAvoy’s squad right up until the transfer deadline.
Getting players out of the club was a little more difficult, but at least North End got plenty of incoming work done.
With that in mind, here are our three big winners from Preston’s summer transfer window…
After so much talk over the summer, Preston didn’t end up signing a centre forward after all.
Sure, trialist Connor Wickham could still come in, but Riis is the big winner from North End not landing a striker.
The Dane has started this season with five goals in seven games and is really beginning to fulfil his potential at Deepdale.
By not signing a striker, Preston will now have to show faith in Riis – and given his huge promise for the future, that’s a positive.
Some wondered whether Preston would bring in a natural left-sided centre back or even add another left wing back despite signing Greg Cunningham permanently.
Preston didn’t do that, meaning Andrew Hughes is in at left centre back and left Cunningham in a straight fight with Earl at left wing back.
So far, Earl is winning the battle. His additional athleticism over Cunningham has given Preston a real thrust up the left flank, and he should keep his place going forward.
A story none of us could have expected when Preston thrashed Bamber Bridge in pre-season.
Brig playmaker Thomas scored two great long-range goals in that game, and then joined Preston on trial.
The non-league ace scored at Accrington Stanley and impressed against Wigan Athletic, before earning a one-year deal with North End.
Formerly of Burnley and Bolton Wanderers, Thomas dropped out of the professional game due to mental health problems.
It’s truly inspiring to see him back in the Football League, and even if this season doesn’t come to much for him, he has to feel like a big winner.