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Maxi Delighted With First Call Up

3 October 2017

Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was delighted to receive his first senior call up to the Wales squad last week.

The PNE 'keeper has represented his country at various age groups throughout his career and Chris Coleman last week named the 27-year-old in his squad for the first time.

Maxwell, who grew up in the Welsh town of Llandudno, is looking forward to being a part of the squad as they prepare for their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Republic of Ireland.

On the call-up, Maxwell said: "I'm delighted to receive my first call up, watching the team from afar as a fan has been brilliant and to now to get my chance to contribute and be a part of the squad for what will hopefully be a successful campaign is something that I've always dreamt about doing as a kid.

"Looking from afar as a fan, they've progressed incredibly well over the last few years and you just have to look at the success that they've had in the Euros and also in this qualifying campaign and it's something I've been desperate to be involved with and it's exciting.

It's not the first time the former Fleetwood Town man has trained with the senior squad, he joined them ahead of the European Championships last summer, and that only increased his hunger to make it into Coleman's final squad.

"Having a taste of it then spurred me on to make sure that I was there again, that was a fantastic experience which stood me in good stead for last season.

"Now it's different, there's two competitive games to be had and I will be doing my utmost best to make sure that I can contribute in anyway to the team winning both games."

Maxwell has kept six cleansheets in the Championship so far this season and performing for North End has been a priority this season, with the reward of a call up a bonus for the Wrexham Academy graduate.

"I've always said that I will work exceptionally hard throughout my career, whether it's the first day or the last day of my career and I've always said that Preston North End is my main focus and my main concentration and making sure that we give ourselves the best possible chance to achieve the target of promotion to the Premier League and anything else would be a bonus.

"Something like this and having my first call up for my country is incredible and I am thoroughly looking forward to it.

"Hopefully I can learn while I'm away, there are some world class players in the Wales squad and a vast amount of experience. I will be making sure I take everything I possibly can from the experience and make sure I can use it in a positive way for coming back to Preston North End."

Maxi also thanked the North End fans for their support, after many had been calling for his inclusion in the squad since he broke into the first team early last season.

"The fans have been fantastic with supporting me since I've come to Preston, they have voiced their opinions on the squad selections a few times and it's great knowing that we've got such good fans at Preston who support their players no matter what and it's something we all appreciate."

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