Thor says farewell

Goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann
Goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann
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Thorsten Stuckmann believes the Preston North End squad he has just said ‘auf wiedersehen’ to, can establish itself in the Championship this coming season.

The big German goalkeeper turned down the offer of a new contract with PNE last week in favour of regular first-team football at Doncaster Rovers.

But he will be taking with him many good memories of his time at Deepdale when he starts the next chapter of his career in South Yorkshire.

Stuckmann told the Evening Post: “I think that Preston will settle well in the Championship.

“Signing Jermaine Beckford on a permanent deal and having him up front will be a big help.

“Beckford and Joe Garner are two excellent strikers who will continue to score goals at this new level.

“In the last few months of the season, Becks showed his class to the Preston fans and Joe has shown his class for the last two seasons.

“The squad has got a really big chance to finish mid-table or in the top half.

“It is hard for the newly promoted clubs when they step up a level but Preston won’t have to fear about the threat of relegation, I’m sure of that.

“Maybe it would be too much of an ask for them to challenge for promotion straight away.

“But they will establish themselves back at that level, they have a good management team in place and a very good squad of players.”