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A mixed start to the season – Win a new shirt!

A mixed start to the season for us. You can’t argue with 6 points out of 6 in the league, however we still have a skeleton squad and suffered defeat in the derby in the League Cup first round, or as the Preston fans call it the World Cup Final.

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It was pretty gutting to lose in the match, however in the grand scheme of the season more games is the last thing we need with such a small squad.

From the opening fixtures there has been some good points, Barry Ferguson has started where he left of last season really controlling the midfield. There’s potential in Davies and Chopra once they are fitter and have Ince and Phillips on the wing supplying crosses.

Jack Robinson at left back looks really good at left back, currently Bob Harris has very little chance of starting unless Robinson picks up an injury or is recalled by Liverpool. Once we have a right back Broadfoot can rejoin MacKenzie and it should be a solid unit.

We go into this weekends match with Reading with still no additions to the squad, Tom Ince suspended and no sign of a right back. It’s all a little doom and gloom.

Anyway to cheer us up, I saw that Kwit Fit Insurance are running a competition to win a new shirt for any club to celebrate the start of the new season. There’s 25 shirts up for grabs and all you have to do is head over to the Facebook page, like it and then post which team you support on the competition image on the Facebook page.

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There’s 237 entries so far, so the odds are pretty good and this season’s shirt is one of the better ones!

Ludo Disappointment and Goodwillie to return North?

A disappointing day yesterday with the news that Ludovic Sylvestre would be leaving. Since then the papers have put two and two together and made Palace favourites to sign him. In reality Palace would be his level, Fulham etc could be a step too far.

Ince also has commented that he was surprised and disappointed to lose the midfielder considering he had given the French man a run in the side last season and worked on improving his fitness.

Interestingly in his interview with the Gazette he added.

“At the end of the day all we can do is offer what we think is right. If a player can go and get bigger money elsewhere, then there’s not really much we can do about it.”

With contracts being offered to GTF, Crainey and Broadfoot, it seems like he’s preparing for them not to accept. You can’t blame the players either.

One team that won’t be requiring to find new players are Blackburn Rovers, who have a of squad around 42. One they might be looking to offload is David Goodwillie. The Scot was linked to us in the past, and Ollie took him on loan at Palace where he only made one appearance last season. At Rovers he’s only scored 2 in 28.

Today Dundee United, whom he played for before, were said to have put in an offer for the 24-year-old. That could be sparked by the fact that Dundee United have accepted a bid for Johnny Russell from Derby County, 20 goals in 38 games in the SPL last season. And so the merry-go-round starts, just doesn’t look like we’ll be jumping on any time soon.

One good story is that season ticket sales have surpassed last seasons figures. We have a total of 10,339 season ticket holders for the coming season. Without the £195.30 season ticket offer I’m sure that we would have been way short of last seasons number.