Sam Johnstone may now have dreams of playing for England, but he is forever tied to Preston North End.
Johnstone was born in Preston, his father Glenn played for North End, and he then followed in his dad’s footsteps by joining the Lilywhites in 2015.
Johnstone came in on loan from Manchester United and played a key role in the club’s promotion to the Championship, keeping three clean sheets in three play-off games.
A brief spell back at Deepdale came in 2016, but he has been on to bigger and better things since his time with Preston.
Now one of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers with West Bromwich Albion, Johnstone was named in the last England squad and is pushing for a place at the European Championships this summer.
The 28-year-old is likely to leave West Brom if they suffer relegation, and The Sun now claim that he could head back to Manchester United in a dream move.
This news comes with mixed emotions. On the one hand, it’s always great to see anyone from Preston thriving, and Johnstone certainly comes into that category.
On the other, it stings a little that Preston couldn’t bring Johnstone back permanently after promotion to the Championship, as it was clear even then that he was a goalkeeper heading for big things.
As it is, we have to sit back and watch Johnstone excel away from Preston, but he would no doubt have plenty of North End fans cheering him on if he gets a big move this summer.