With the fixture release one week away, and the beginning of the Championship season six weeks away, plans are afoot for Preston North End’s preparation for the 2022/23 season.
Whilst new signings are yet to be announced, the warm up schedule is beginning to take shape.
Games against Bamber Bridge and Accrington Stanley are regular features, and a home game against Heart of Midlothian has also been announced for Wednesday 20th July.
A trip to Spain is planned for warm weather training and the club are hoping to set up a friendly their too which could excite their travelling supporters.
The latest addition to Ryan Lowe’s pre-season schedule sees former Premier League champions Leicester City travel to Deepdale for a game on Saturday 23th July.
Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans could be some of the player stepping onto the Deepdale turf under manager Brendan Rodgers, but it is a familiar face some Preston fans may be keen to see.
Daniel Iversen will return to training with the Foxes after his international duty with Denmark.
Kasper Schmeichel remains the number one choice for club and country and Danny Ward also provides competition at Leicester. But after an impressive 18 months in the Championship, Iversen will be keen to progress with his own career.
Anyone looking for a permanent transfer will have to pay a significant fee to attain the 24-year-old.
Sunderland have been the latest club to be linked with the Dane but another loan move to the Championship seems unlikely. If he does go elsewhere temporarily you’d imagine it would be in the top league of a country.
The only way I can see him returning to the Championship is with a permanent transfer.
Iversen won’t want to play second fiddle for much longer. He’s 25 in July and will want a more permanent home for the next part of his career.
At the end of July however his career may still be up in the air and Leicester City could choose to give him some game time in the friendly against North End. I
t would be a welcome return to Deepdale, but we would hope with the new season starting just a week after, Preston will have their own goalkeeping situations well and truly sorted.