PNE new boy can’t wait

New Preston signing Calum Woods (front) in action for Huddersfield

New Preston signing Calum Woods (front) in action for Huddersfield

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Calum Woods says he is looking forward to lending his versatility to what he fully expects will be a sustained promotion push by Preston North End in the season ahead.

The 27-year-old officially becomes a PNE player next month after agreeing to a Bosman switch from Huddersfield.

His preferred position is at right-back, but he can operate too at centre-half, left-back and in midfield.

Such versatility proved a big attraction to Lilywhites boss Simon Grayson when making his move in the summer transfer market.

Woods told the Evening Post: “I would say that right-back is my preferred position because I’ve played there more than anywhere during my career.

“But I have played at 
left-back and in the centre of defence quite a bit, and also in midfield.

“The gaffer didn’t really indicate a definite position for me when we were talking about coming here – it is my versatility that he likes.

“I’m really happy to be coming to Preston and can’t wait to get started in July.

“Having the chance to work with Simon Grayson and Glynn Snodin again was a big factor in my decision.

“I got a promotion under them at Huddersfield, enjoyed their training sessions and they improved me as a player.

“When Preston first came in for me, I told my agent that I wanted to get it sorted as quickly as possible because it was a great move to make.

“I’ve had a look through the squad and there are some really good players here.

“Preston went close to promotion last season but unfortunately didn’t get through the play-offs.

“The aim is to make sure we achieve it this time and get back to the Championship.”

Deepdale will be the fourth stop of Woods’ career, one which started in his home city of Liverpool.

The previous three have all been lengthy stays and he aims for similar at Deepdale.

Said Woods: “I joined Liverpool’s academy when I was nine and was there until I was 19.

“I’m a Liverpool fan and to have been there for 10 years was a great experience.

“From there I went up to Dunfermline so that I could play first-team football.

“Someone at Liverpool mentioned me to Dunfermline and they were happy to take a chance.

“I stayed for five years and enjoyed playing Scottish football.

“There was unfortunately a relegation in that time to the First Division but we got promoted back to the SPL.

“Huddersfield gave me the chance to come back down the road three years ago.

“Our little boy had just been born and we wanted to be closer to home.

“Lee Clark signed me for Huddersfield and later in that season, Simon Grayson took over.

“They were three good years with Huddersfield and now I’m starting a new chapter at Preston. We’re back on July 3 and I can’t wait to start.”