Preston North End are in their second week back at Springfields ahead of the Championship's restart.

The Lilywhites returned to their training ground last Monday for the first time in two months, with contact training resuming this Tuesday.

Alex Neil is putting his players through a mini pre-season with a provisional date of June 20 set for matches to get back underway.

As of Wednesday, Jayden Stockley has been the only player confirmed as testing positive for coronavirus, while a second player at the club is believed to have returned a positive test.

Reports in the national media emerged on Tuesday evening, but PNE won't be commenting on the matter until the EFL release their test figures on Thursday.

Fans won't be allowed in the stadium for the nine remaining games, but seeing the players back in training for the first time was an encouraging sight.

Here's seven things we've spotted and learned from the past week and a half, as North End prepare for that all important first game back at Luton.

Bayliss back in action

It was gutting for Tom Bayliss.

Just as he was closing in on first team action, a nasty ankle injury came along in a bounce match and the youngster was set to miss the rest of the season.

There was next-to-no chance of him featuring again had the season carried on as normal, but with ankle surgery now behind him Bayliss seems to be back in with a shot.

The 21-year-old has played four times this campaign, with North End fans eager to see their summer signing make his mark.

One focus: Play-Offs

There's been no real moaning whatsoever coming out of Springfields about the season restarting.

At Preston there seems one thing only on everyone's minds and that's finishing in the top six and keeping the promotion hopes alive - Declan Rudd, David Nugent, Ryan Ledson and Scott Sinclair have all echoed exactly that in interviews.

Chops and locks

Incredible - without No.44 printed on his shorts you'd be forgiven for thinking Alex Neil had bolstered his squad with the signing of Thor.

Potts has done it well in fairness while Sinclair is embracing the 'fro and captain Clarke looks ten times harder.

Joe Rafferty seems the sort of bloke that could pull off any haircut and he's put every other footballer, maybe with the exception of Dimitar Berbatov, to shame here.

PNE's squad lead by example

Alex Neil has a group of players that he can trust and one of the first things the PNE boss did on his return was praise them all.

He told the club website: "It is when they are away in their own surroundings and they have time on their hands, that you hope they are going to follow instructions.

"Over this period the lads have certainly shown that they are trustworthy, that they are good professionals and that they have a pride about themselves, in how they behave and how they go about their business and that has been a massive bonus.”

Well in, lads.

Ledson saves his tackles

Raheem Sterling of Manchester City is challenged by Ryan Ledson

With contact training resuming, there are a few Preston players you'd imagine were licking their lips at the opportunity to get stuck in again.

I think it's fair to say Ryan Ledson is one of them, but the 22-year-old told LancsLive that he doesn't go in too hard on his pals.

Laughing, he said: "To be fair they're all my mates so I don't really tackle them in training, I'd hate to injure someone.

"It is a part of my game and I'm never going to shy away from a tackle - there's obviously a certain point you can't go over and maybe once or twice I have gone over, but you learn from that."

Bleep test...

Rather you than us, Gally.

Rudd fresh from new contract

It must be a strange feeling signing a new contract and having to wait over two months for a match.

But Declan Rudd won't have to wait too long now - the goalkeeper, who has left the clippers in the cupboard during lockdown, has been excellent this season for the Lilywhites.

So it was no surprise when the club rewarded him with a three-year contract in April - an announcement that went down very well with the supporters.