New contract for PNE defender Calum Woods

PNE right-back Calum Woods
PNE right-back Calum Woods

Preston North End right-back Calum Woods has extended his contract at Deepdale.

Woods would have been out of contract next summer but has agreed a new deal which runs until June 2019.

Calum Woods

Calum Woods

He has recently returned to first-team action after more than a year out of action with damaged knee ligaments, an injury which saw him miss the entire 2016/17 campaign.

The 30-year-old started Saturday's 2-2 at Fulham in place of the suspended Darnell Fisher and also stood in for him in last month's 3-1 win over Birmingham City.

Since arriving at Preston on a Bosman in July 2014 after leaving Huddersfield, Woods has made 65 appearances in a PNE shirt.

Woods said: "I'm absolutely delighted to sign an extension to my deal, it's a great feeling to know that I'm going to be at this club even longer.

"It was a dark place when I got my injury so it feels like all that hard work has paid off now, I'm just absolutely delighted, it's a club that you definitely want to be a part of at the minute.

"You see where we are in the league at the minute and you look at where we actually could have been as well if we were to win the game on Saturday, we could have been even higher up the table."

Woods was in the North End team which won the League One play-off final at Wembley in May 2015, showing his versatility by playing left-back that day.

On their return to the Championship, he started regularly before injury stopped him in his tracks before the 2016/17 campaign.

He tore the cruciate and medial ligament in his right knee in a pre-season friendly at Oldham,