David Preece joins Club as Goalkeeping Coach

David Preece joins Club as Goalkeeping Coach

Thursday Jan 25, 2018

The Club are delighted to announce that former Lincoln City goalkeeping coach, David Preece, has joined Chris Moyses backroom staff as the Reds goalkeeping coach. 

Preece was born in Sunderland and began his football career in his hometown but no appearances resulted in Preece joining Darlington for free on a two-year deal. At Darlington, Preece made over 100 appearances in two seasons before leaving Darlington to move to Scotland by joining Aberdeen.

Since leaving Darlington, the club attempted to re-sign Preece but the move never materialised. At Aberdeen, Preece made over 100 appearances in 6 seasons. In 2005, Preece left Scotland to move to Denmark by joining Silkeborg IF and OB. At Silkeborg, Preece was a first-choice goalkeeper until he left for OB where his first-team opportunities began to decline, he was later released. 

Preece returned to England by joining Barnsley free on a one-year contract, with the option to extend the contract by a further year. After spending the first half of the season on the bench, Preece's big chance of his first team came when he made his debut for the club (and first team in English football for 10 years) in a 1–0 loss against Watford in September 2009 and continued in goal for three consecutive games.

At the end of the season, Preece signed another one-year deal despite being Barnsley's back-up goalkeeper. David continued to be a back-up goalkeeper and during the 2011–12 season, but a wrist injury would rule David out for the season. At the end of the season, Preece was released along with six other players, ending a three-year spell at Barnsley.

In December 2012, Preece signed non-contract terms with Lincoln City and made his debut in a 4–2 win over Dartford. Later that month his contact was made permanent until the end of the season in a player-coach capacity. Preece played a pivotal role in saving Lincoln from relegation.

April 2013 saw Preece join Icelandic Premier League team Keflavík on a short-term deal following a brief loan. Preece made this decision to ensure he was as fit as possible for the start of the English football league season in August 2013. A return to Lincoln would follow in August 2013 where he would become goalkeeping coach, Preece then left the Imps in May 2016 upon conclusion of his contract. 

All at ATFC wish a warm welcome to David Preece!  

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