Graham Burke agrees a permanent move from Preston North End to Shamrock Rovers

Preston North End striker Graham Burke has struck a deal to join Shamrock Rovers permanently when his loan spell ends.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 10:08 pm
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 10:14 pm

The 27-year-old was loaned by PNE to Rovers in July 2019 having failed to establish himself at Deepdale

Burke's North End contract ends this summer and he has signed a pre-contract with the League of Ireland champions to join them in a three-year deal.

It was Shamrock Rovers who Preston signed Burke from in June 2018 for a £250,000 fee, soon after he had first been capped by the Republic of Ireland.

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He made 15 appearances for PNE, scoring twice - against Stoke in the Championship and Morecambe in the League Cup.

Burke spent the second-half of the 2018/19 campaign on loan with Gillingham, then returned to Tallaght to play for Rovers on loan.

Last season he helped them win the League of Ireland title.

North End had a spell of doing transfer business in the Republic of Ireland, Burke the last signing they made at first-team level from over the water.

Graham Burke celebrates scoring for Preston North End against Stoke in August 2018

Before that, Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan, Andy Boyle, Sean Maguire and Kevin O'Connor had moved to Deepdale from Irish football.

Burke is one of three players PNE currently have on loan in the League of Ireland.

Jack Baxter joined Cork City in February, with Adam O'Reilly loaned to Waterford.

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