Crystal Palace defender Paddy McCarthy could be set to return to Preston North End on loan, having had his initial three-month stint at Deepdale cut short following a ligament injury.
Preston manager Simon Grayson has certainly not been shy in expressing his desire to see McCarthy return to Deepdale in the not too distant future, with his quotes here going a long way to explaining why the Irishman has remained on our books throughout his injury troubles.
Despite only lasting for nine minutes of his Preston debut against Sheffield Wednesday, the long-time Palace man was brought in by Simon Grayson with the aim of adding some experience and guile to the squad; a characteristic which his North End boss certainly saw in the limited time the Irishman had with the club.
Having kept in touch with the coaching staff in the North West, it seems as though a return to Preston could well be on the cards for him when he does complete his rehabilitation programme, with Grayson readily discussing the potentially positive impact he could have on the club’s fortunes in the interview attached above.
The last few years have been a long and painful road for McCarthy, who, after occupying a pivotal role in the side which kept us afloat in the Championship during the administration blighted season of 2009-10, has been forced to watch on from afar for a great deal of the time that has followed, thanks to a mixture of injuries and extremely stiff competition in the centre of defence.
Consistently spoken about by Steve Parish as one of the defining characters behind the scenes at the football club, it is difficult to gain a tangible grasp on the true role Paddy has played in our successes over much of the last five years, but you get the impression that a great deal of what we as supporters don’t see, is certainly appreciated by those who are around McCarthy each day.
Let’s hope he can get himself back to something approaching match fitness soon, before returning to Preston for a full and successful loan spell under Grayson’s guidance.