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Goalkeeper Hudson arrives from Preston North End

6 July 2018

Mathew Hudson joins on loan until 1st January 2019 from Championship side Preston North End.

Hudson came through the Academy at Preston, and after recently signing a new two-year deal, Mathew is now looking forward to a new challenge to take his career to the next level, using his experiences over the last few years to make the step up.

He earned a place in the first team squad in 2015 at the age of 16 in the fourth round FA Cup tie with Sheffield United.

It wasn't until December that year that he made his professional debut in the club's SkyBet Championship clash with Leeds United at Elland Road, after then goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was sent off in the first-half. The 17-year-old was called upon by manager Simon Grayson to make his first team debut.

After continuing to impress, Hudson was offered his first professional contract in January 2016.

He then picked up the Scholar of the Year award at the 2016 Player of the Year awards to top off an unforgettable season for the young 'keeper.

During his time with The Lilywhites, he has worked alongside a number of experienced 'keepers, including the previously mentioned Jordan Pickford, Gareth Southgate's first choice 'keeper for England at the World Cup.

Along with Pickford, the 19-year-old has worked alongside former Liverpool and England shot-stopper Chris Kirkland, as well as other recognisable names such as Sam Johnstone, Chris Maxwell and Declan Rudd.

Today we spoke with Goalkeeper Coach, Brian Jensen who said: “I'm very pleased to get hold of such a young prospect like Mathew Hudson.

“He's a tall, agile goalkeeper who has been very unfortunate not to play more games for Preston, but at only 19-years-old, he's a very calm and secure 'keeper which to me stands out. 

"That maturity is something you need in League Two. Preston were looking to get him out to play “men's football” which we can provide.

"We were always going to look for someone that could come in and push Joe and Scott. So, it's now down to Matt to get himself into the team.”

Mathew goes straight in to contention for tonight's pre-season friendly against Rangers.

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