Boyle and Horgan To Join Preston NE
Dundalk FC can confirm that Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan will leave the club to join English Championship side Preston North End.
Both players will move to Deepdale on two and a half year contracts from January 1st pending international clearance
Boyle signed for Dundalk in December 2012 from Shelbourne while Horgan joined the Lilywhites from Cork City a year later. Both players were integral to the three SSE Airtricity League titles which the club won, the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, the EA Sports Cup and the President’s Cup over the last three seasons.
Both players had been ever presents in the squad and their performances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League earned them international call ups with Ireland for the World Cup qualifier with Austria last month.
Boyle spoke to dundalkfc.com when his move to Deepdale was confirmed and he looked back on what was a ‘brilliant’ spell at the club and feels that Preston is the correct move for him.
“I had a brilliant four years at Dundalk. I don’t think anyone could have imagined the success that we had. Winning trophies and obviously the European run that we had this year. It has been brilliant to be a part of. My team mates and staff have been fantastic at the club. It was a great four years.
“I’m looking forward now to the next part of my career at Preston North End. It is the right move for me. From being over and looking around the place it is a great club and great facilities. I am looking forward to getting going now.
“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.”
Also speaking to dundalkfc.com after his move Horgan reflected on an ‘incredible’ time at the club and is looking forward to a new challenge at Preston.
“Incredible is the only word for the three years I had at the club. To win everything and to do what we did in Europe was special. It was a special time for me and for the club as well. The league titles were something unique especially considering where we came from to win three on the bounce was amazing and in some sense unprecedented from what was expected.
“It’s a new challenge at Preston and new adventure for myself and my family. It is something that if I didn’t take the chance to go now I would have been left wondering ‘what if?’ more so than anything else. It was always something I have aimed for and unfortunately it has come at a time when football in Ireland is probably at its highest point. It was something I couldn’t turn down.”
“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 that’s the plan.”
Everyone at Dundalk FC would like to wish Andy and Daryl all the very best at Preston North End and in their future career.