Keeper explains PNE exit

Stuckmann is joining Doncaster

Stuckmann is joining Doncaster

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Thorsten Stuckmann has explained the reason behind for his exit from Preston North End was purely in a bid for a regular game.

The giant German goalkeeper turned down the offer of a new contract with PNE last week.

At the age of 34, he now has the chance of establishing himself as first-choice keeper at Doncaster Rovers.

Said Stuckmann: “I haven’t played as much as I would have liked in the last two seasons, so in that sense it was a no-brainer to accept the offer from Doncaster.

“They want me as their first-choice keeper and I’ve had some good conversations with the manager Paul Dickov.

“On the other hand, it was a hard decision to leave Preston behind because I’ve had such a good time here.

“We have just got promoted and when I first signed in 2011, my aim was to get back to the equivalent level I had been playing at in Germany.

“That was achieved with reaching the Championship, so I have taken a step back.

“But I want to play every week and Doncaster are a club moving in the right direction who want to get promoted.

“I will be 36 after this two-year contract and if I play a lot of games in that time, beyond that there might be another contract somewhere.

“In my three-and-a-half years at Preston, I made so many friends.

“My wife made lots of friends through taking the children to nursery and playgroups.

“That was probably the hardest part about moving on, taking the family away from the people they love.

“But we are not moving that far away and the friendships will last.”