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Simonsen Signs One Year Deal

16 August 2012

Preston North End have completed the signing of former Sheffield United goalkeeper Steve Simonsen on a one-year contract...

Simonsen has been handed the number 23 shirt and will be available for selection for the clash with John Ward’s U’s at the weekend.

“He has got a lot of class about him and a lot of experience, he is a good lad and I am looking forward to working with him." 

“I wanted an experienced goalkeeper, somebody who knows the game but still has the enthusiasm and the energy to make a contribution going forward.

“During the summer we have seen a lot of goalkeepers and a number of good lads, but Steve fits the bill in all regards.

Manager Graham Westley said: “It has been a long summer looking for a goalkeeper after Richard Wright departed the Club.

He made 54 appearances for the Blades in 2011/12, ending the season in the Play-Off final at Wembley and will be hoping to have benefited from that experience for his time at Deepdale. 

Simonsen has agreed a stay until the end of the season and returns to League One following his departure from Bramall Lane in the summer. 

The 33-year-old completed the formalities on his deal at Deepdale on Thursday before taking part in training with his new team mates ahead of the weekend’s league opener against Colchester United.