Newcastle Visit Added To Pre-Season
The dust has settled on the 2016-17 season but football never sleeps does it. So, plans are afoot, many now in place, as far as Preston's pre-season preparations are concerned ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
It will be here before we know it and another tester for North End ahead of the 2017-18 Championship season has seen a pre-season friendly against Newcastle announced.
Preston will welcome the Championship champions to Deepdale for this meeting with Rafa Benitez's Premier League side Newcastle on Saturday 22nd July, kick off has been confirmed as 3pm.
Of course, as with any pre-season friendly, the main thing to get from this is a challenge and the continuation of fitness being built up - such a game should fully motivate those involved and capture the imagination of the fans.
As things stand, this pre-season friendly will form the latest, final in fact it seems, phase of boss Simon Grayson's preparations as he looks to guide Preston to success in the Championship next season.
Bamber Bridge (A), Friday 7th July, 7pm
Stockport County (A), Saturday 15th July, 3pm
Morecambe (A), Tuesday 18th July, 7pm
Accrington Stanley (A), Wednesday 19th July, 7.30pm
Newcastle United (H), Saturday 22nd July, 3pm
Burnley (H), Tuesday 25th July, 7.45pm
Fleetwood Town (A), Friday 28th July, 7.30pm