Frankie McAvoy has had the difficult decision of narrowing down his Preston North End squad to a maximum of 25 players for the Championship season.
With an inflated squad it has meant some players have had to miss out altogether.
In fact only 23 have been named with two spaces being left for out of contract players who could still sign for the club. Connor Wickham remains on trial and could take up one of those spots.
Izzy Brown’s long term injury meant he was never going to be selected. However Connor Ripley, Paul Huntington, Joe Rafferty, Josh Harrop and Jamie Thomas will be disappointed to learn they’ll be unable to play in the league until at least January.
They can still play in the reserves and the Carabao and FA Cup, but that will give them little solace.
They could still take the two available spots in the squad but it looks as if Frankie has his eyes on other additions.
Ripley’s absence doesn’t come as a surprise with Daniel Iversen, Declan Rudd and Mathew Hudson in the squad.
Rafferty’s playing time has dwindled under McAvoy whilst Huntington missed a chunk of pre season following the birth of his first child. It’s a huge shame for him in his 10th season with the club.
Josh Harrop is a costly one to be leaving out, as he is thought to be on decent wages with the club. He was on the bench in the last game against Swansea City as well so it may be a surprise to him to be left out altogether.
Jamie Thomas’ move to the club from Bamber Bridge was a fairytale story and fans were hoping he could make the step up. He won’t have the chance to in the league now anyway and will have to focus on the reserve games predominantly.
You would expect these players to feature heavily in cup games but they’ll all be bitterly disappointed at this news and a bleak few months ahead of them.