League One season preview: Preston North End

Preston North End manager Graham Westley Photo: PA

Manager: Graham Westley

Position last season: 15th

Nickname: The Lilywhites

Ground: Deepdale

Capacity: 24,500

Players in: John Welsh (Tranmere, free), Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Shrewsbury, free), Nicky Wroe (Shrewsbury, free), Paul Huntington (Yeovil, free), David Buchanan (Tranmere, free), David Amoo (Liverpool, free), Richard Wright (Ipswich, free), Scott Laird and John Mousinho (Stevenage, free), Lee Holmes (Southampton, free), Jeffrey Monakana (Arsenal, free), Keith Keane (Luton, free), Lee Trundle (Neath, free)

Players out: Nicky Hunt (Rotherham, free), David Gray (Stevenage, free), Paul Parry (Shrewsbury, free), Barry Nicholson (Fleetwood, undisclosed), Paul Coutts (Derby, undisclosed), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood, free), Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers, free), Scott Leather (Altrincham, free), Jamie Douglas (Dungannon Swifts, free), George Miller (Accrington Stanley, free), Daniel Devine, Ian Ashbee, Michael McLellan, Alex Billington, Andreas Arestidou, Iain Turner, Dominic Comrie, Aaron Brown, Richard Wright and Juvhel Tsoumou (all released), Neil Mellor (retired), Adam Barton (Coventry, undisclosed)

Key man: Thorsten Stuckmann - The experienced German 'keeper kept 10 clean sheets in 24 appearances last season, establishing himself as a firm fan-favourite and at 6ft 6in - is a dominant force around the box.

Chances: The Deepdale faithful will expect results following Westley's ruthless overhaul although a radically altered line-up may need time to knit together and find themselves off the pace.