Irish Duo to Pres' ahead
A year on from his exit from Dundalk to the Championship, Richie Towell is still waiting for his career to really kick into gear.
But the next two exports from Oriel Park, Preston's new signings Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan, are planning to make an immediate impact across the water, with more international recognition already on their radar.
Championship side Preston confirmed yesterday that they had completed deals to sign winger Horgan and defender Boyle, though as they are out of contract there's no transfer fee coming Dundalk's way.
The duo won't be eligible to play until January and if they don't make it into the side for the first game of 2017, then the January 7 FA Cup meeting with Arsenal could provide them with the stage for a debut.
Having been almost ever-presents for the last three seasons, Horgan and Boyle don't plan to bide their time.
"I'm looking forward now to the next part of my career, from being over and looking around the place it is a great club and (has) great facilities. I am looking forward to getting going now," said Boyle.
"The target is to get into the team first and then see what happens. Hopefully I can impress enough to get into the squad in the league and into the international squad but the first thing is to get into the Preston team," added Boyle, who plans to take a short - and well-deserved - break before training.
"Mentally, as well as physically, I will welcome this short break before I get started. I have been back in since the 9th of January and played over 50 games this year, but to be honest, I can't wait to get back in and get started with my new team-mates and hopefully we have some big matches to look forward to and further along," he added.
Horgan is also determined to force his way into the side under boss Simon Grayson.
"My first aim is to get into the Preston team first and foremost. I want to play as quick as I possibly can but there is a good and settled side there. They have done well. Hopefully I can go in and make a mark," Horgan said.
"I'm hard-working and hopefully I will be able to create chances, try different things, and try and give the team something going forward and bring something different, something unexpected every now and then."
Boss Grayson, who already has Irish players Aiden McGeady, Greg Cunningham, Eoin Doyle and Alan Browne in the squad, revealed that he sought advice from one of the Ireland staff before sealing the deal.
"I spoke to Steve Guppy about both of them, he was very positive and we have watched them a number of times and they have been excellent at club level and handled the Europa League games very well," said Grayson.
Meanwhile, Bray Wanderers will add to their squad yet again in the next 24 hours by signing Dean Clarke from Shamrock Rovers. Bray have already brought in Keith Buckley (Bohs), Aaron Greene (Limerick) and Gary McCabe (Shamrock Rovers)