Preston North End have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland international Graham Burke from Shamrock Rovers.

​The 24-year-old has signed a three-year-deal at Deepdale after playing two seasons in the League of Ireland Premier Division. During his time with Shamrock Rovers, the forward scored 14 goals in 35 league appearances - helping the club to a third place finish in the 2017 season.

His impressive performances even earned him a call up to Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland squad for a friendly against USA, where he scored the equalising goal. His equalising goal was the first goal scored by a League of Ireland player for the Irish national side in 40 years, as he helped his side claim an impressive ​2-1 victory over the Americans.

​Speaking with PN1 (via the club's ​official website) Burke has revealed his excitement at joining such a big club in ​Preston and is looking forward to trying to help get the club into the Premier League.

​He said: “It was brilliant to hear the news of Preston North End’s interest. I was thrilled with the opportunity to have the chance to come to such a good club as this. It was also great to be joining a club where I know some of the boys, so it should help me settle in.

“I have kept a close eye on the club with the Irish players going over there and knowing the likes of Callum [Robinson] and DJ, so when I found out about the interest, it was a no brainer for me to try and get the deal done.


​"All young players want to improve and the ambitions we have as individuals and as a group are to get into the ​Premier League and all the boys will be fighting for that.”

​He'll be hoping to carry his recent surge in form into the ​Championship next season as Alex Neil's side look to build on what was an outstanding season for Preston who finished just two points outside the playoff places in seventh place