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Monday 24 September 2018

Daryl's Ireland call

IRISH AMBITION: Horgan. Pic: Getty Images
IRISH AMBITION: Horgan. Pic: Getty Images

Daryl Horgan asked to leave Championship side Preston as he feared that a lack of game time could cost him his place in the Ireland squad, Preston boss Alex Neil has revealed.

Horgan completed his move to SPL side Hibernian last week and made his debut in Sunday's draw with St Johnstone. The Galway native has a year left on his contract with Preston but with opportunities in the first team limited, he asked for a move.

"I had a great relationship with Daryl, he's a good lad who works really hard," manager Neil told the Lancashire Evening Post.

"I had a conversation with him in the summer and I think his international manager had said to him if he doesn't play more frequently he is going to struggle to get into squads.

"That means a lot to Daryl, playing for his country.

"At the end of last season I gave him my word that if he wasn't going to get game time here, then we would make sure we wouldn't stall his career. I didn't see him getting ahead of the other lads we have in that position and I had to be honest with him.

"He had a good pre-season but ultimately I couldn't promise him the game time he needed."

Hibs tried to land Horgan on loan but Preston were more eager to sell the player on a permanent deal, netting a windfall for the club who signed Horgan from Dundalk on a free transfer.

Compatriots Kevin O'Connor and Andy Boyle remain under contract at Preston but are expected to leave later this month, both men spending time away on loan last season.

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