David Preece (footballer, born 1976)
|Full name||David Douglas Preece|
|Date of birth||26 August 1976|
|Place of birth||Sunderland, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2013||→ Keflavík (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2014.
Preece was born Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. He began his football career in his hometown at Sunderland but no appearances resulted in Preece joining Darlington for free on a two-year deal. At Darlington, Preece made over 100 appearance 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 season and faced competition from Jim Leighton, Peter Kjær and Ryan Esson. Up until Kjær's retirement, Preece began to get more playing time and captained the team on several occasions, until the club decided to transfer list Preece along with three other players.
In 2005, Preece left Scotland to move to Denmark by joining Silkeborg IF first and OB second. At Silkeborg, Preece was a first-choice goalkeeper until he left for OB where his first-team opportunities began to decline due to Arkadiusz Onyszko pushing him out of the first team.
After being released by OB, Preece returned to England by joining Barnsley free on a one-year contract, with the option to extend the contract by a further year, and was expected to compete with Luke Steele. 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 on 12 September 2009 and continued in goal for three consecutive games until Steele returned. At the end of the season, Preece signed another one-year deal despite being Barnsley's back-up goalkeeper. Preece continued to be a back-up goalkeeper and during the 2011–12 season, Preece suffered a wrist injury while warming up ahead of a match against Southampton, resulting him out of the rest of the season At the end of the season, Preece was released along with six other players, ending a three-year spell at Barnsley.
On 5 December 2012, Preece signed non-contract terms with Lincoln City and made his debut in a 4–2 win over Dartford. On 28 December 2012 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.
In April 2013, Preece joined 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.
Return to Lincoln
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