Date of birth
Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland youth international Alan Browne joined Preston North End from Cork City in January 2014.
The midfielder had been training with the Club prior to the switch and signed an 18-month contract on 1st January 2014.
Browne made his debut for North End in a 3-1 win over Peterborough United at Deepdale and scored his first goal for the Lilywhites in April 2014’s 6-1 thrashing of Carlisle United.
Overall, the youngster played in nine games for Preston during the 2013/14 season.
He started the League One Play-Off semi-final first leg at home to Rotherham United and in the summer of 2014, scored his first goal for Ireland at U19 level.
Browne has progressed well since that debut season and was a first half substitute in the Play-Off final against Swindon Town at Wembley, making 32 appearances for the Lilywhites in 2014/15.
After an impressive first season in the Championship with North End during the 2015/16 campaign, Browne picked up the both the Club’s and the fans’ Young Player of the Year awards.
Browne made 35 appearances the following season, but it was the following campaign that showed even more progress from the promising midfielder under manager Alex Neil.
The Irishman scored an impressive nine goals from midfield and was a key player as North End finished the season in seventh place in the Championship.
His impressive displays throughout the season were rewarded when he collected three end of season awards, winning Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and Goal of the Season.
Browne built on his goalscoring tally in the 2018/19 season, ending the campaign as the club's second highest goalscorer with 12 in total and picked up the Goal of the Season award for the second successive year.
The midfielder's performances haven't gone unnoticed by the Republic of Ireland national team, with Browne called up regularly to the senior squad after representing his country at U21 level previously.
After a successful couple of seasons, Browne made his senior Ireland debut against Mexico in June 2017 and has been a regular in the squad since then.