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Alex Pleased With Latest Additions

2 August 2019

Manager Alex Neil was pleased to add two players to his squad in the last 24 hours with the start of the season just around the corner.

Andre Green joined on loan from Aston Villa on Thursday evening before the arrival of Tom Bayliss on a four-year deal was confirmed on Friday.

Speaking after Bayliss put pen to paper on a permanent move to Deepdale, the manager gave his thoughts on his latest recruit.

"He is a young lad who has got huge talent, in League Two he got promoted and in League One he had a very good season and we are hoping to continue his development.

"He is one of those lads that can play in a variety of different positions in the middle, he's got good legs, good use of the ball and we think he is going to be a real prospect for the future.

"There has been a lot of interest in Tom and because he's talented and because he's played such a large amount of games at such a young age, naturally there are a lot of bigger teams showing an interest in him. He has seen us as a natural progression for himself and for us we are always looking to make our squad better and I think Tom will certainly do that."

On Green, the gaffer added: "Andre played the second half of season at Aston Villa in a team that was promoted.

"We are very hopeful that his directness, his pace and his creativity will add to our front line and that he will score and supply goals.

"The experience of being involved in an event the magnitude of the Play-Offs and the Final, in particular, will help to him spur him on to have more success and hopefully that will be with Preston North End."

With both of the latest additions still in the early stages of their careers, the manager explained the importance of mixing experience with the younger players who can develop at the club and was happy to get both deals over the line before the start of the season.

"As long as we provide enough experience for the lads throughout the spine of the team, I think our main objective will also be to get younger players, develop them and bring the best out of them. That has been a successful model for the club and that is something we will continue.

"We knew these deals were in the pipeline so we were very hopeful of getting them done but nothing is ever guaranteed so getting these two done quickly is pleasing."


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