New deal for PNE goalkeeper

Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell
Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell
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Chris Maxwell has signed a new contract at Preston North End.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper put pen to paper on Thursday on a deal which extends his stay at Deepdale until the summer of 2020.

Chris Maxwell

Chris Maxwell

Maxwell still had two years to run on the contract signed when he joined North End on a Bosman from Fleetwood Town last summer.

But his form this season has seen him rewarded with the new deal and fresh terms.

Maxwell said: "It is fantastic to commit to the club for a longer period, it means I'm here to help the club carry on the good work it has been doing.

"We have got a fantastic squad here which matches my ambition.

Chris Maxwell

Chris Maxwell

"The club is desperate to get promoted to the Premier League and that is something I've wanted to achieve since a young age.

"Hopefully that can be done this year through the play-offs, otherwise this season can be used a bridge to an exciting season next time."

After starting the campaign as back-up to Anders Lindegaard, Maxwell has played 26 successive league games in the first-team and the 27th will come against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Maxwell said: "When I first signed I said I wanted to make the No.1 shirt my own, to challenge myself in the Championship.

"I've managed to get myself in the team and I'm not going to rest on my laurels.

"I'm enjoying myself here, testing myself against Championship opposition.

"The staff here have helped me progress, the gaffer has provided the platform and Alan Kelly has been a major part of that.

"Kels goes that extra mile with you, it is an ongoing process."

North End boss Simon Grayson is pleased to have got another first-team player on a longer deal.

Grayson said: "We are delighted Chris has signed a new contract.

“He has been a big part of the team since he earned his place, but he has to continue to work hard.

"Chirs is keeping another good goalkeeper out of the side at the moment in Anders Lindegaard and it is good to have a high level of competition.

"Hopefully they will continue to push each other to even better things.”