Huddersfield Town’s keeper search will take another turn after they lost out to Championship rivals Preston North End in the chase for Fleetwood Town’s Chris Maxwell.

The Lancastrians have landed the 25-year-old on a three-year deal, which will start on July 1.

Out of contract at League I Fleetwood, Maxwell was available on a free transfer.

The Welshman is well known to Town’s football operations chief Stuart Webber from their time together at Wrexham.

But the John Smith’s Stadium club are also being linked with a loan move for Liverpool’s Danny Ward, another Wrexham product.

And Preston’s ability to offer Maxwell more of a guarantee of regular football under ex-Town boss Simon Grayson appears to have helped tip the balance in their favour.

A former Wales Under 21 international, Maxwell has spent three years at Fleetwood, making 124 appearances.

He was a League II play-off victor with them in 2014, when Burton Albion were beaten 1-0.

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And he was also a Wembley winner and penalty shoot-out hero for Wrexham in the 2013 FA Trophy final against Grimsby Town.

Both Town, with Aston Villa’s Jed Steer, and Preston (Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford and West Bromwich Albion’s Anders Lindegaard) relied largely on loan keepers this season.

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With Town’s former Republic of Ireland stopper Joe Murphy out until October after shoulder surgery and Lloyd Allinson released, boss David Wagner wants to sign two keepers.

They have handed trials at Under 21 level to Middlesbrough’s Luke Coddington, Manchester United’s George Dorrington, Liverpool’s Andy Firth, Stoke City’s Dominic Kurasik and West Ham United’s Tim Brown.