A solid midtable finish for Preston North End was a pleasing end to the 2016/17 for fans of the Lancashire club.
Preston looked strong throughout the season, and those associated with the club will be encouraged by such a promising campaign.
Manager Simon Grayson will look to the new season with the intention of taking his side to the next level, and a shot at the top six has to be on the mind of the former Leeds United boss.
Increasing the depth of his squad will be a priority, with the Deepdale side falling away from the play off spots towards the end of the campaign due to the gruelling nature of such a long, arduous year.
Grayson will look to other squads around him with envy due to the depth and size available to opposing managers, and this summer this issue must be addressed.
One player Grayson should look to add to his squad is young Everton forward Conor McAleny, with the 24-year-old set to be released from his boyhood club this summer.
The 5”10 striker enjoyed a prolific spell last season in League One with Oxford United, notching 10 goals in only 18 appearances, and is ready to step up to the higher level.
A local move to Preston would be ideal for the player, and the offer of Championship football should be too hard to refuse.
McAleny has much to prove following his release, and could use Preston as a platform to launch his bid for Premier League football.
The youngster is extremely talented, and with the future of top scorer Jordan Hugill unresolved following interest from other clubs, McAleny could easily become the new number one striker at Deepdale next season.
As a free agent with bags of ability and potential, McAleny is a low-risk option for Grayson, who should look to tie up a quick deal for the player this summer.