PNE keeper Stuckmann joins Doncaster

Thorsten Stuckmann has left PNE to join Doncaster
Thorsten Stuckmann has left PNE to join Doncaster
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Goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann has left Preston North End to join Doncaster Rovers.

The German shot-stopper turned down the offer of a new two-year deal with PNE in order to get regular first-team football with Donny.

Stuckmann, 34, made 77 appearances for North End since joining them in November 2011.

In his first season at Deepdale, he was voted as player of the year and fans honoured him by holding a German-themed ‘Thorsten Stuckmann day’.

His last start for the Lilywhites was February’s FA Cup fifth round clash with Manchester United when he was controversially adjudged to have tripped Wayne Rooney, conceding a penalty which led to United’s third goal.

He started and ended the 2014/15 season on the bench, first as back-up to Jamie Jones and then to Sam Johnstone.

In between, Stuckmann had a 12-match run between the sticks in the league and continued to play in the cup competitions after Johnstone’s arrival.

In November’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Oldham, he scored Preston’s winning penalty in a shoot-out.