Sean Maguire will join Preston North End at the end of July after the English Championship club agreed “an appropriate but undisclosed compensation package” with Cork City.
The 23-year-old will join Preston on a three-year deal and follows former Dundalk duo Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle in departing the League of Ireland for Deepdale.
Preston confirmed the news on Saturday, a day after Maguire hit a hat-trick in Cork’s 3-0 win over Dundalk.
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Cork City manager John Caulfield admitted that he did not want to lose Maguire, who has scored 16 goals in 17 league appearances this season, but said that he was happy that Preston agreed to allow him to remain with the club until the end of July, which means that he will be available for the Europa League qualifying rounds.
“Since coming in to the club Seani has been fantastic for us. His attitude, work rate, determination and mental toughness has got him to this position and this is a fantastic opportunity for him,” Caulfield told the official Cork City website.
“He has been scoring goals, his work rate is phenomenal and we know he’ll continue to do that in the rest of his time here.
“Whilst you never want to lose a player of Seani’s quality, we are delighted to have worked with Preston so that he can remain with us until the end of July.”
Maguire will join a considerable Irish contingent at Preston with Greg Cunningham and Alan Browne, as well as Horgan and Boyle at the club.