Former Preston North End goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann has told the Lancashire Evening Post that he wishes he had never left the club.
The German goalkeeper signed for Preston in 2011 and would become a cult hero for the Lilywhites over his four years at Deepdale thanks to his impressive performances. He would end up leaving the Lancashire club in 2015 and sign for Doncaster Rovers. After a year in South Yorkshire he’d play for the likes of Partick Thistle, Chesterfield and Fortuna Dusseldorf before being forced to retire due to a bicep injury.
Stuckmann now works for the German Players Association and has also done some co-commentary. He has now been reflecting his career with the Lancashire Post and has admitted that he shouldn’t have left Preston when he did. In his last season with the club they were promoted from Sky Bet League One but made a switch to Doncaster which ended up with him being released a year later.
Stuckmann said: “Probably I should have stayed but I took the opportunity to play at Doncaster and be their No.1. At Preston I would have been the No.2 keeper.
“It was a personal decision, I’m fine with it. I can look back on having a really good time at Preston and making a lot of friends.
“I’m looking forward to coming back over to watch a game when that is allowed.
“I first signed a contract for Preston in November 2011 and stayed for nearly four years.
“Helping get Preston back to the Championship was the target and we did that. I think one day they will get to the Premier League.”