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Preston North End FC Player Profiles

Posted 10th July 2014 at 12:36 pm

Versatile defender Calum Woods joined Preston North End in the summer of 2014.

The former Huddersfield Town man, who can play at right or left back, started his career in Liverpool’s Academy, but he did not break into the first team at Anfield, leading to a trial with Scottish side Dunfermline Athletic.

The full back was signed by the Pars alongside fellow former Liverpool trainee Robbie Foy.

During his time in Scotland, Woods earned a promotion winners’ medal with Dunfermline after helping the East End Park side to the Scottish Division One title.

In June 2011, the defender was signed by then League One outfit Huddersfield Town on a free transfer.

Woods made his debut for the Yorkshire side in a 1-1 home draw against Bury, but it was not until 2014 that the defender scored his first goal for the Club in a 2-1 loss against Bournemouth. 

During his time at the Galpharm Stadium, Woods played under current North End boss Simon Grayson and won promotion with the Terriers to the Championship via the Play-Offs in 2012.

In total, Woods made 81 appearances for Huddersfield in his three years at the Club.

At the end of the 2013/14 season, Woods was released by Huddersfield Town and put pen to paper on a deal at Deepdale.

And Woods continued that promotion vibe by playing in the Wembley showpiece event as PNE swept past Swindon Town 4-0 to secure their return to the Championship.

Woods appeared in all three of Preston’s Play-Off wins, the team not conceding a single goal, an achievement any defender would be proud of.

During the 2015/16 season, the versatile defender primarily played at right back for North End, and made 35 appearances in all competitions. Woods impressed throughout the season, providing a threat going forward as well as taking care of his defensive duties. 

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