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Preston North End boss Ryan Lowe has said he may look to move under contract players this summer. Some squad members will likely become free agents anyway, but PNE’s manager believes it is time to move additional players.

That remains the obvious question: who?

Alan Browne, Greg Cunningham, Ched Evans, Patrick Bauer, Ben Woodburn, and Lewis Leigh, who is on loan, are the six out-of-contract players who can be expelled. Following the final-day defeat to West Brom, Lowe did not mention those players. This was specifically about men that North End could potentially sell.

 

“I have got to be ruthless; I have got to be brutal,” he said. “It is never personal. There will be players I have to tell: ‘Okay, I think you have (gone) as far as I can take you’. Some clubs might come in for some players and that’s fine. If it is and I can do a deal with them, to move on and then replace, then fine – we will do it. I have got to look at all avenues, in the recruitment next season, to make sure that we are better.”

Ben Whiteman, Brad Potts, and Ali McCann were all absent at The Hawthorns due to injuries. In any case, none of those three are likely to be considered excess to needs. In terms of the ‘as far’ statement, any of last summer’s additions, including Mads Frokjaer, Milutin Osmajic, Jack Whatmough, Layton Stewart, Will Keane, and Duane Holmes, would be quick to back out. Of course, Liam Millar joined on loan.

Lowe has often lauded his ever-present back three, but by elimination, perhaps the North End boss is considering Jordan Storey and/or Andrew Hughes as potential upgrades. Liam Lindsay started every league game and earned Players’ Player of the Year, so he should be quite secure. Any sale of Emil Riis would be surprising, but the Dane is entering his final year this summer and is not a man Preston would want to lose on the free transfer market.

Freddie Woodman, Ryan Ledson, and Robbie Brady are also up in 2025. The shot-stopper has been at PNE for two seasons and was a Lowe acquisition, while Ledson did not play against Albion but did play a bit-part role throughout the year, earning 18 starts. Brady clearly contributed during the second half of the season, and Lowe loves his expertise and leadership abilities.

After that, there’s backup goalkeeper Dai Cornell, who recently extended his contract until 2026. Young pros Josh Seary, Noah Mawene, and Kian Best would not agree with Lowe’s statements. Emotions run high after matches, and after five consecutive defeats without a goal, Lowe could have easily let them get the best of him. However, if he decides to wheel and deal this summer and try to sell some of his committed players, there might be a lot more business than thought.

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