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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Henderson facing battle to rebuild career after Preston cancel deal

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Prestonhave cancelled the contract of Wayne Henderson, the Dublin-born goalkeeper whose promising career has been ruined by persistent injury problems.

Henderson (27) now faces a battle to rebuild his reputation in the game and prove his fitness.

He moved to the club from Brighton four years ago, having spent his formative years at Aston Villa, but his progress was halted by persistent back injuries.

Henderson also figured in the Irish international set-up under Steve Staunton, making his competitive debut in difficult circumstances in October of 2006 when Shay Given was injured and Paddy Kenny was absent after keeping goal for the infamous 5-2 defeat to Cyprus.

The rookie was pitched in against the Czech Republic and performed with credit. However, he conceded a fairly soft goal against San Marino the following February, the last meaningful game that Ireland have played without Given between the sticks.

Keiren Westwood will break that run next week in the wake of Given's latest difficulty. With better luck it could have been Henderson. Instead, he will now be searching for new employment.

Henderson was on Giovanni Trapattoni's radar, and stepped into the breach two years ago to provide cover for Given when Westwood missed a World Cup qualifier in Bulgaria. He hadn't been involved with Preston this term, but did have a good loan stint with Grimsby last season.

Irish Independent

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