Preston North End have agreed a deal with Cork City to sign defender Kevin O’Connor on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old Wexford-born man will join up with the squad along with current team-mate Sean Maguire on 24th July.
Speaking about his move, O’Connor, who will take the No.25 shirt at Deepale was looking forward to the new challenge: “I'm delighted to sign, it's a massive opportunity, I'm just looking forward to getting started now and I couldn't be happier to sign.
“From the first minute the club showed an interest in me they were keen to sign me and they were the ones who pursued it. It's a great club, a big club and there's a big fan base here so I'm just excited to get started.
“I know a few of the boys already obviously with Sean [Maguire] moving over and Alan [Browne], that will help me settle in quicker, but I wasn't really thinking of that, I was just delighted to be joining, but that is always helpful when you know a couple of the boys.
“I played against a couple of the boys last year in Boyle and Horgan so I'm just looking forward to seeing all the lads now and getting sorted.
“I can't wait now, as a kid growing up you would be following it and now to actually get the chance to play in it is just exciting and I can't wait to get started.”
Kevin becomes the club’s fourth signing of the summer, following team-mate Maguire, goalkeeper Declan Rudd from Norwich City and young forward Josh Harrop from Manchester United.