With the global pandemic still ongoing, the third round of testing has taken place for EFL clubs.

Teams are going through rigorous and regular testing, checking players and staff for the virus. With hope that the season will resume behind closed doors in June, this is a critical time for ‘Project Restart’.

Tests were conducted on Thursday May 21st and Monday May 25th, both of which Preston passed without any positives. A third round of tests was conducted on Thursday, and Preston’s first positive has come back.

Preston have this evening confirmed that striker Jayden Stockley has tested positive. He was negative from the first two tests, but has now tested positive.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 09: Jayden Stockley of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Huddersfield Town at Deepdale on November 09, 2019 in Preston, England. (Photo by Ben Early/Getty Images)

Stockley is described as being ‘asymptomatic and feeling no ill effects’. The 26-year-old will now self-isolate, and return to training when he has recovered and tested negative again.

Stockley spoke about the situation, admitting that the news has come as a complete shock. The striker felt ‘brilliant’ during Thursday’s training session, and couldn’t believe it when he was given the confirmation of his positive test.

He added that he has barely left his house or seen anyone during lockdown, so he doesn’t know where he has picked up the virus, but will now take the advice and self-isolate at home.

“It came as a complete shock. I got a call from the Doc when I came back from training; I felt brilliant in training, put a good session in and his number came up,” said Stockley. “We were aware we would get a call if our test was positive and I was thinking ‘no, surely not’, but he told me and it was a surreal moment real. You feel like you are untouchable and you are going to ride through it.

“You can send yourself a bit crazy thinking ‘where did I catch it’, because we are from down south we have not been down there, we have stayed in our house up here and not mixed with anyone; the supermarket has been pretty much the only place we have been, other than our walks in the country, but we haven’t come into contact with anyone. You could think, ‘when and why?’, but the best thing is to be as sensible as possible now and listen to all the advice on what to do,” he added.

We would like to take this time to wish Jayden the best in his recovery, and hope to see him back fighting fit again soon.

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