The German shot stopper made a lasting first impression at the Club during a pre-season friendly at Morecambe in July 2011 when he kept out a penalty in a second half performance – a trait that would become one of his trademarks - and he went on to a sign a short team deal three months later.
Stuckmann was thrown straight into the deep end against Rochdale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and turned into an instant hero as he helped the Lilywhites win the penalty shootout to reach the next round.
Conceding only five goals in his first nine games at PNE, Stuckmann soon signed an 18 month contract to keep him at Deepdale until at least June 2013.
The Gutersloh-born keeper, who has previously played for Alemannia Aachen, Eintracht Braunschweig and SC Preussen Munster, made 32 appearances for the Club during the 2011/12 campaign.
His popularity with the PNE supporters saw the penultimate away game of the 2011/12 season at Oldham Athletic named ‘Thorsten Stuckmann Day’.
In the second half of the following campaign, the German shot-stopper battled with Premier League loanee Declan Rudd for a place in Preston’s starting line-up.
The duo shared the No. 1 spot for the Lilywhites and were rotated between the sticks as PNE finished 14th in League One.
‘Stucky’ then extended his Deepdale stay in the summer before the 2013/14 season, signing on for another two years at the Club.
The German shot-stopper was Rudd's back up for the 2013/14 campaign, making two appearances in cup competitions, as the Lilywhites reached the Play-Offs, where they lost to Rotherham.