Preston boss Alan Irvine has admitted he would be keen to keep loan star Lee Williamson at the club.
The midfielder joined the Lilywhites on a short-term deal from Watford at the end of March and helped his new employers into the Championship play-offs.
He missed Preston's disappointing exit at the hands of Sheffield United in the race for a place in the Premier League, as he was suspended, but impressed during the five run-outs he did manage.
The 26-year-old still has one year remaining on his contract with the Hornets, but has admitted that he would welcome the opportunity to return to Deepdale should an agreement be put in place.
Irvine told Preston's official website: "We've not had any word from Watford about what their intentions are with regard to Lee and until they make that clear then there's nothing for us to talk to them about.
"Lee did a terrific job while he was here, it was very unfortunate that he missed the play-off games because he was playing very well and he would have been an important player for us in those games.
"Who knows what will happen with Lee in the future, as I say, Watford will have to decide on that first of all and then if they look as if they're trying to sell Lee then it's something that we can enquire about."