Doncaster Rovers: ‘I’m coming here to be number one’ - Thorsten Stuckmann

Thorsten Stuckmann, pictured in action for Preston against Sheffield United.
Thorsten Stuckmann, pictured in action for Preston against Sheffield United.
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New arrival Thorsten Stuckmann says he has signed for Doncaster Rovers to be their first choice goalkeeper.

The 34-year-old rejected a new contract at Preston North End - where he had fallen behind former Doncaster loan star Sam Johnstone in the pecking order - to sign a two-year deal with Rovers last week.

Boss Paul Dickov, who also has Slovakian under 21 goalkeeper Marko Marosi to call upon, has previously stated he would like to sign two senior goalkeepers this summer.

After sealing a deal for Stuckmann, however, the Scot is now likely to prioritise other positions as he looks to bring in up to eight new players. And 6’6” Stuckmann is clear in his mind that he will start the new season in between the sticks for Doncaster.

“I’m coming here to be number one,” he told The Star.

“I still have to earn the shirt and I can’t afford to relax. I have to work hard.

“But I’m here to play regular football.

“I could’ve taken the easy option to sit on the bench at Preston.

“But at this stage of my career I want to be playing and I expect to be number one at Doncaster.

“It was a no-brainer really to come here,” he added.

“There was an opportunity there for me to be part of a Championship club but the most important thing for me is to be playing.

“I was impressed with what the gaffer had to say about his plans for the club and I’ve also worked with Brian Horton at Preston too so I know how he works.

“I’m looking forward to getting started.

“Doncaster and Preston have a lot of similar characteristics and we’ll be hoping to achieve exactly what Preston did last season.”