PNE keeper determined to keep his place

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Thorsten Stuckmann is determined to hang on to the first-team goalkeeper gloves at Preston North End following his long wait on the bench.

The German has started the last three games, keeping clean sheets in the wins against Bristol City and Yeovil.

He also scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out victory at Oldham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Today, Shrewsbury provide the opposition for North End at Deepale in the second round of the FA Cup.

Stuckmann said: “I’m really pleased to be back in the side, it was a long wait to get back in and I want to keep the shirt.

“I’ve made a good start with the clean sheets in the league games, although there are still things I want to improve on.

“But I’ll take two clean sheets and getting through in the JPT all day long.

“My aim is to try and stay in the side for as long as possible, I will get my head down and work hard in training.

“There were times when I did wonder whether my chance would come.

“The start of last season was really frustrating but then Declan Rudd played a brilliant season.

“This year Jamie Jones came in and started the season and now my chance has come.

“I think that I have taken my chance quite well and hopefully we can continue to get some good results.”

Before Stuckmann got his recall at Bristol City a fortnight ago, his last league appearance had been 19 months earlier against Crawley at the end of the 2013/13 campaign.

In between the 33-year-old had been limited to a handful of games in the Capital One Cup and JPT.

One of those appearances came in the JPT in September against this afternoon’s opponents Shrewsbury.

He kept a clean sheet that night and will be hoping to tame the Shrews again as North End look to progress into the FA Cup third round.

Meanwhile, PNE manager Simon Grayson hopes it won’t be too long before defenders Calum Woods and Bailey Wright return to the squad.

A hamstring injury has kept right-back Woods on the sidelines since the end of September, while Wright had groin surgery in October.

Woods is back in training and centre-half Wright should be in a position to join his team-mates later in the month.

Grayson said: “Hopefully Calum will be close to the first team next week.

“I thought Calum started the season well and got a run in the team.

“It was a close call between him and Scott Wiseman for the right-back position.

“Calum suffered the injury and since then we have seen what Scott is capable of.

“He is a good versatile player who I can rely on and it will be good to have him back as an option.

“The defensive unit has been a little bit stretched over the last few weeks, so having a couple more players back will be very useful.

“We should hopefully be seeing Bailey soon, all his work with the physio has been going to plan – he’s bang on the time scale.

“If the team is doing well we aren’t going to rush him back and cause him problems.”