Connor Wickham will feature for Preston North End’s reserves next week, as he bids to earn a contract with the club, a report from The Lancashire Evening Post has revealed.
It was reported last month that Wickham is training with the Championship club as he looks to find a new side. The 28-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season.
Now it seems as though Wickham is set to get another chance to catch the eye in his bid to earn a contract at Deepdale.
According to this latest report, the striker has impressed while training with Preston in the last couple of weeks, and the club will now give him the chance to feature in a reserve game, so that they can check if he has progressed while with the club.
That game is set to come on Tuesday afternoon, when Preston’s reserves host Walsall in the Central League, with the game kicking off at 2:00pm.
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It is thought that Preston have one space remaining in their 25-man squad list submitted to the EFL. As a result, they could still register Wickham to play for their first-team this season, should they wish to do so.
This will certainly be one to keep an eye on in the next few days.
Preston were unable to bring in a new striker before the summer transfer window closed, something they could still need to do, meaning the free agent market is going to be an area they may now have to explore to add to their attacking options.
Having already brought Wickham in during the past few weeks, it does seem as though he may now be an obvious candidate to fill that particular role.
However, Wickham will need to prove he is capable of making an impact for Preston if they sign him, and this reserve outing next week looks like a big opportunity for him to do that.