Three reasons for Preston fans to be optimistic this season
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Three reasons for Preston fans to be optimistic this season

Preston North End head into the 2022/23 season with a lot more hope than they did last time round.

Pretty much everyone knew that Frankie McAvoy was never going to be the answer, because if he was, then what was the question?

This time round the squad has a little bit more depth to it, but the fans are behind Ryan Lowe and hopeful he can deliver on his promises to bring exciting football to Deepdale and get it full again.

Here’s three reasons for Preston North End fans to be optimistic ahead of the new season…

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Exciting loan signings once again

The trio of Daniel Iversen, Sepp van den Berg and Cameron Archer were a joy to watch at times. It was a pleasure seeing three players in the infancy of their career, eager to learn and impress at the club.

All three did impress, and should go on to have promising careers in the game. Unfortunately it seems unlikely that they will do so in a Lilywhite shirt again although a small hope still lingers for Archer to return.

In their place Troy Parrott and Alvaro Fernandez have arrived on season-long loan deals from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United respectively.

Both are held in high regard by their parent club, with Parrott has signed a new contract with Spurs, whilst Fernandez won United’s Under 23 player of the year award last season.

Exciting players, both capable of getting fans off their seats this season.

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A more attractive style of play

Lowe started to incorporate a more attacking, free flowing style when he arrived last season but it can take time. Parrott said one of the reasons he chose Preston over other offers was because of the style of play, and it’s a tactic the players and fans should enjoy.

Fast, attacking wing-backs getting balls into the box for the strikers and attacking midfielders to get on the end of.

At time McAvoy’s style of play was painful to watch. Lowe’s style won’t always work, but the players will quickly buy into it, and most have done already.

A lively Deepdale

11,000 season tickets sold. The foundations have been laid. A good start to the season, could see crowds hitting the 16,000 mark with ease by September time.

Get the fans onside, and great things can happen. The Alan Kelly Town End will be pretty much full every game, and if the players deliver the fans can really be the 12th man.

Deepdale is a great place to be when it’s full, but it rarely happens. With four derby games this season, there could be some special moments ahead.

The fans have done their bit by snapping up the very reasonably priced tickets, and now the players can repay the faith shown in them.

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