Anders back in old routine

Anders Lindegaard in pre-season training with Preston this week

Anders Lindegaard in pre-season training with Preston this week

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Anders Lindegaard will see action as a fully signed-up Preston player over the next couple of days.

The Lilywhites kick-off their programme of friendly games at Bamber Bridge on Friday night (7pm), then head to Victory Park on Saturday to take on Chorley (3pm).

Lindegaard wore the PNE keeper’s jersey 14 times last season when on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Last week, he cancelled his contract with the Baggies by mutual consent, freeing him to move to Deepdale on a 
one-year deal.

“I was really pleased to get everything done in time to start pre-season training with Preston,” Lindegaard told the Evening Post.

“It was about two clubs and one player coming to an agreement.

“Things were a little bit up in the air during the holidays but it got sorted out.

“After being on loan last season and getting a regular run of games, I really wanted to come back.

“I said a few times last season that the biggest strength of this club is the atmosphere in the locker room and the relationship between the locker room and the coaching staff.

“That bond is so strong and it is good to be part of, so coming back was an easy decision.

“We have got the two games coming up which will be good after all the training we’ve been doing.

“I’m not going to lie, the training has been pretty tough since we came back.

“Every pre-season is the same wherever you do it, you need to get back in the right shape after the holidays and get your timing right again.

“The goalkeepers do a lot of work in the gym to start off with – that is hard work.

“We are on the rowing machine a lot, which seems easy enough to start with but 10 minutes later leaves you pretty exhausted!

“All that, combined with the goalkeeper work, gets you back into shape.”

Lindegaard will compete with Chris Maxwell for the gloves this season, backed up by Mat Hudson.

The Denmark international said: “Chris is a nice guy and a good goalkeeper. We will push each other along this season, work hard and compete well.

“It was sad to see Chris Kirkland leave in the summer because I worked well with him.”

North End manager Simon Grayson will give all of his squad a run-out in the Brig and Chorley games, with him likely to limit them to 45-minute run-outs.

Admission at Brig is £8 for adults, £5 for concessions, £1 for 11-16s, while Under-11s go free.