PRESTON NORTH END boss Darren Ferguson could put Neal Trotman on trial in the League I play-offs.
North End loaned Trotman to Town shortly after Ferguson’s appointment in January.
And now Ferguson plans to take in one of the knock-out games as Huddersfield bid for a place at Wembley and a return to the Championship.
The centre of North End’s defence needs urgent attention in the summer and Trotman’s part in Ferguson’s rebuilding could hinge on his performances in the play-offs.
Ferguson says the 23-year-old ‘may come into the equation for next season’.
He told the Lancashire Evening Post: "Neal has done all right at Huddersfield.
"The lad is playing in a team which has been doing well.
"To be fair I’m glad Huddersfield are going to be in the play-offs because they will be tough games.
"I’ve had some good reports on Neal and I will probably see for myself how he does in the play-offs.
"He may come into the equation for next season, but centre-half is definitely an area I have to strengthen for next season."
Trotman played just once for Preston this season in the 5-1 Carling Cup win over Morecambe.
Dean Heffernan has told the Sydney Morning Herald he’s "loved every second of his stint in West Yorkshire".
The 29-year-old left back said: "It’s been a great experience.
"Ever since I arrived, the players, the staff and the fans have been wonderful. They’ve all helped make the transition to fit in here very easy.
"The football has been rewarding. We’re considered the entertainers of the league as we play a very attacking game.
"The fans are fanatical. We get over 15,000 a game and they’re expecting our next home game to be 25,000 – a sell-out – and the atmosphere they create is brilliant."
Now Heffernan could be rewarded for his time in League I with a place in the 23-man Australia World Cup squad.
"In the end, the main driving force for me to play the game in England at this higher level is for intensity, the fitness to hopefully help my [World Cup] cause," said Heffernan.
"I played four games in 11 days and none of them slowed down, so it shows you work."
Blue Square Premier-bound Darlington have signed Dominik Werling for the 2010/11 season.
Werling, 27, played under boss Simon Davey at former club Barnsley, and has signed a one-year deal at the Arena.
Gary Roberts is the Blue and White Foundation’s Player of the Year, narrowly beating Peter Clarke and Lee Peltier, according to Town’s official website.
A 33rd minute strike from Aiden Chippendale handed Town’s reserve string a 1-0 win over Scunthorpe at Emley in their final totesport.com League outing of the season.