Freddie Woodman became Preston North End’s first signing of the summer last week.
The 25-year-old signed a three-year contract and it is quite a coup for Ryan Lowe’s side.
The former Under-20 World Cup winner had impressed at this level before with Swansea City and has been highly rated by Newcastle United for a long time.
They have since moved to sign Nick Pope themselves, so chances would have been slim for Woodman to get much game time this coming season.
Woodman had two seasons with Swansea and had worked with PNE coach Mike Marsh before who played a big part in the move.
However, last season Woodman had the perfect view to see North End first hand.
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For the second half of last season, Woodman went to Bournemouth on loan. However he played second fiddle to Mark Travers and was on the bench when the Cherries visited Deepdale in March.
Bournemouth were pushing for promotion and after a tight first half they took the lead through Jamal Lowe in the 50th minute.
Preston quickly hit back through Cameron Archer though and went on to grab a late winner via Emil Riis.
It was a deserved win and at the end of the game Scott Parker and defender Adam Smith were sent off for moaning at the referee.
Lowe’s team ruffled a few feathers and it was another great performance from Daniel Iversen, who made a stunning save from Nat Phillips.
Woodman may be looking to replicate the brilliance from Iversen in a Preston shirt having seen just how much North End fans loved him.
Woodman will have seen from the bench that this Preston team can give anyone a game in the Championship.
That day may have given Woodman a glimpse of the future in terms of North End really challenging the top Championship side.