Preston managed to pull off two loan signings on the last day of the loan window before the window re-opens again for business during the January transfer window.

Phil Brown has clearly lost faith with the majority of his squad after trying pretty much ever player since the start of the season. He has now added two more recruits to the rest of his squad.

Jamie McCombe has signed on loan for Huddersfield. The tall centre back appears to be not wanted by Huddersfield this term after featuring for the majority of last season. It shows how far North End have sunk to be getting loan players from fellow League One side. At least when Darren Ferguson was in charge we could rely on some high quality (no disrespect intended to McCombe.

Nathan Doyle has also signed on loan from Barnsley. Doyle plays in midfield - Preston have Alexander, Ashbee, Barton, Coutts, Nicholson plus the youngsters. Clearly Brown hasn't got enough choice in this area of the field otherwise he has clearly failed to motivate some talented players.

McCombe is likely to start on Saturday in the centre of defence with Carlisle suspended and Brown seeming to have lost all faith in Devine with Morgan also appearing to have regained favour.

Darryl Russell has headed out of the club on loan to Charlton. This would have been unsurprising a month ago but Brown commented on how well Russell had played when he returned to midfield recently. Some hypocrisy at its best from the manager.

All the loans end in the first week of January by which time Preston will either be looking for a new boss or they will have miraculously climbed the table to a respectable position for the talent that the squad holds.