Preston midfielder Adam O’Reilly could now decide to leave the club permanently, with St Pat’s Athletic keen to secure his signature.
The Irish Sun Report that O’Reilly is a prime target for St Pat’s Athletic boss Tim Clancy, with the midfielder allegedly ‘on the verge’ of leaving North End.
St Pat’s have already made an interesting move by signing former North End striker Eoin Doyle from Bolton Wanderers.
O’Reilly could be the next addition as the youngster seeks first-team football away from Preston.
O’Reilly followed a similar path to Alan Browne; both born in Cork, both midfielders, both emerging at Ringmahon Rangers.
Unfortunately, O’Reilly didn’t enjoy quite the same first-team rise Browne did in 2014.
O’Reilly only played one for Preston’s first team, and that came back in December 2018 when he came on as a substitute against Aston Villa.
The 20-year-old has been on loan at Hyde United and Waterford, as well as having two spells with Stalybridge Celtic.
O’Reilly received much praise during his absence from the North End.
Former Waterford boss Marc Bircham noted O’Reilly was “outstanding” and “great” while on loan in Ireland.
Stalybridge manager Simon Haworth also called O’Reilly “class”, backing him for a huge future in the years to come.
The chances just haven’t been there for O’Reilly, who has seen a number of midfielders come in during his time at Preston.
Few would really blame him for now wanting to leave North End and pursue regular starts with another club.
After so many loans, it may be time for O’Reilly to take off for good, with St Pat’s potentially able to give him the platform he’s been looking for.
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