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PNE - Leyton Orient game postponed due to international call ups

Australian Bailey Wright. Credit: PA

Preston North End’s away clash with Leyton Orient on September 6 has been called off due to international call-ups.

The Lilywhites have had three members of their first team squad called up for their respective nations with more expected to follow.

Australian Bailey Wright faces a double header with the Socceroos against Belgium and Saudi Arabia – the second of those matches being played at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.

Winger Chris Humphrey is heading to Canada with Jamaica for one match, whilst Scott Wiseman has been called up by Gibraltar for their first even European Championship qualifying match against Poland.

Chris Humphrey. Credit: PA

Andy Little is on the Northern Ireland standby list and it is expected that several of the younger players in manager Simon Grayson’s first team plans will be called up in the coming days for their respective nations and age groups.

No date has been announced for the rescheduled fixture as of yet and this will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

Andy Little. Credit: PA

Preston striker Garner agrees new deal with the club

Preston North End have confirmed striker Joe Garner has signed a new deal with the club.

The frontman had been linked with a move away from Deepdale after a 24-goal season last campaign, but has secured a new contract with the Lillywhites until summer 2016.

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Sir Tom condolence books presented to Finney family

Books of condolence in honour of Sir Tom Finney have been leather bound and presented to his family.

Sir Tom, who made 472 appearances for Preston North End and played 76 times for England, died in February at the age of 91.

Brian Finney, son of Sir Tom, collected the five books from the Mayor of Preston, Cllr Nick Promfret.

Sir Tom's family accept the Books of Condolence.

“The books of condolence represent the great sadness that enveloped not only this city, but the footballing world, when the news came through that Sir Tom had passed away. “Now those wonderful comments, memories and tributes to Sir Tom can be treasured by his family forever."

– Cllr Nick Promfret, Mayor of Preston.

Third time's a charm - Gallagher returns to Deepdale in season-long loan deal

Paul Gallagher, Preston North End. Credit: PA

Paul Gallagher has returned to Deepdale for the 2014/15 season, signing a season long loan deal with the Club from Leicester City.

It will be Gallagher’s third spell as a Preston player. In 2007 he scored once in 19 appearances for the Club.

The forward was a key part of the Lilywhites’ squad following his arrival on loan in October 2013, scoring a hat-trick in his second appearance against Barnet in the FA Cup.

Manager Simon Grayson said: “He made it very clear to us that he wanted to come back and after negotiations with Leicester City it is a done deal for the season.

“We are grateful to Leicester for letting him come here.”

Preston to sign winger Kyel Reid from Bradford

Preston North End have agreed to sign winger Kyel Reid from Bradford City, with the player joining the Lillywhites from 1st July.

Bradford winger Kyel Reid has agreed to join Preston North End Credit: PA Images

The club said the forward "completed a rigorous medical" after he missed the second half of the 2013/14 season due to a knee injury.

He has signed a two-year deal with the Deepdale club.

Reid his former England youth international at U17, U18 and U19 level.

Preston manager Simon Grayson said: “I have worked with Kyle before at Blackpool and Glynn has also worked with him, so we know a lot about him.

“He has been a big player for Bradford in the past couple of seasons and he’s the sort of player we have been looking to bring into the squad over the last few months.

“He is still young and hungry and we are looking forward to working with him.

Bailey becomes first Preston North End player since Finney to reach the World Cup

Brazil-bound - Bailey Wright Credit: PA Pictures

Preston North End central defender Bailey Wright has become the first player to represent the Lancashire club at the World Cup since Sir Tom Finney.

Wright has been named as one of six defenders in the Socceroos' 23-man squad and, if selected, will be the first PNE man to play in the competition since Sir Tom in Sweden in 1958.

Australia begin their World Cup campaign against Chile on Friday June 13 at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba.

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