The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

CHRIS Maxwell has al­ready achieved his first goal since join­ing Pre­ston by mak­ing the No.1 jer­sey his own. So, he had no hes­i­ta­tion in sign­ing a new deal with them.

Goal­keeper Maxwell joined from Fleet­wood last sum­mer but has now agreed a 12-month ex­ten­sion, which will keep him at North End un­til 2020.

And, hav­ing made 29 ap­pear­ances for the Li­ly­whites be­fore the week­end, the 26-year-old ad­mits he is lov­ing life at Deep­dale.

“I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted,” said Maxwell. “It is fan­tas­tic know­ing I’m go­ing to be here for an ex­tra year as well.

“It gives me an op­por­tu­nity to help progress Pre­ston and hope­fully progress my­self in the process.

“When I first came here, I said I wanted to make the No.1 shirt my own.

“I wanted to play week in, week out for Pre­ston and at the mo­ment I’m do­ing that.”

Maxwell is cur­rently keep­ing 32-year-old for­mer Manch­ester United stop­per An­ders Lin­de­gaard out of the team, and boss Si­mon Grayson claims the friendly ri­valry helps both men.

Grayson said: “It is good to have a high level of com­pe­ti­tion and, hope­fully, they will con­tinue to push each other to even bet­ter things.”

FORM: Chris Maxwell

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