Neil demands focus for run-in

05 February 2018 11:26:38 EST

Alex Neil is happy with his Preston North End squad after allowing five players to leave Deepdale on loan during the January transfer window.

Marnick Vermijl, Kevin O'Connor, Andy Boyle, Ben Pringle and Eoin Doyle have all been sent out on loan and former Hamilton Academical and Norwich City boss Neil is now focused on finishing the Championship campaign well.

"We are getting people back from long-term injuries, hence we have been able to put players out on loan," the Scot said.

"They weren't playing much here, so the best thing for them and for us is that they go out and play football.

"We can concentrate on the players who are going to be heavily involved in the run-in. We have got a squad of 23 players and that is not including any of the young kids who can come in - there's got to be a pathway for some of them."

Preston are 33/1 to be promoted this season, while Leeds United can be backed at 1500/1, Norwich City at 2000/1 and Sheffield United at 2500/1.

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