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Dan Can't Wait To See PNE Fans

4 August 2021

Daniel Iversen says he cannot wait to play in front of the Preston North End supporters for the first time.

The goalkeeper has re-joined the club on a season-long loan after spending the second half of the last campaign at Deepdale, but all of that time was spent playing without the club’s supporters there to watch.

Deepdale opens its doors for supporters again this weekend, though, when Hull City come to Lancashire, and Daniel is looking forward to seeing the fans.

He told iFollow PNE: “It’ll be different to see the fans; I cannot wait to see the fans. It feels like a friendly game sometimes when you’re playing, but now the crowd is back I cannot wait to see them.

“I cannot wait to see the fans again and say thank you for all the support they gave us last season and hopefully they will do that this season also.

“I’m looking forward to starting the season again. All this pre-season has been alright but it’s always the first game of the season you look forward to and that’s what I do also.

“I want to do the best for the club that I can do and try to do the best I can for every game and every training [session] and we will see after the season where we’re landing.”

The 24-year-old, on loan from Leicester City, arrived last season following the injury to Declan Rudd and headed straight into the starting XI, where he stayed until the end of the campaign.

With PNE’s No.1 now back in action, though, Daniel now has Dec to compete with, as well as the likes of Connor Ripley and Mathew Hudson, but that is only viewed as a good thing by the shot-stopper.

He said: “It’s always good to have someone you can fight with, someone you can have competition with so you’re not leaning back and thinking you’re first choice. You have to work hard every day and that’s what I have to do here, that’s what I want to do.

“They know what I can do but I also have to show it in the training now to keep my level and maybe do better.”

It always seemed the intention of both parties to secure a deal which would see the Dane return to the club, but parent club Leicester had two of their senior goalkeepers, Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Ward, on international duty in the Euros.

They have since returned to the club in one piece, meaning the Foxes could afford to let Daniel return to Deepdale for the season.

“I’m really excited to get it done now," added Daniel. "It’s been a wait for a couple of weeks now, but I’m really excited to be back.

“I wanted to come back. It was just two months ago [that I left], but it’s felt long so I’m excited to come back.

“Kasper and Wardy had to come back safely, and I understand that, it’s part of football really, so it’s alright and I’m excited to come back.”

Watch Daniel's full interview now on iFollow PNE.

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