'The more Irish here, the better': Preston's strong Ireland contingent aim to shock Arsenal

FOR THE FORESEEABLE future, the eyes of many Irish football fans will be drawn to the happenings at Championship club Preston North End.
It’s not surprising. The recent additions of League of Ireland stars Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan from Dundalk increases the number of Irish players in the club’s first-team squad to six.
The duo are joined in Lancashire by promising midfielder Alan Browne, former Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers striker Eoin Doyle, winner of 86 Ireland caps Aiden McGeady, who is on-loan from parent club Everton, as well as left-back Greg Cunningham.
In fact, Cunningham is one of the most highly-regarded players at the club, and was named the team’s Player of the Year by the supporters at the end of last season, while also picking up the Players’ Player of the Year award.
And the Galway native sees no reason why Boyle and Horgan, who are available to face Arsenal in their third-round FA Cup tie this evening, can’t make a similar impact, while adding to the growing Irish influence at the club.
“They are two great lads,” Cunningham tells the42. “They will find their feet. They are at a good age to move away from home, and will adapt very quickly.”
Historically, Preston have always had a strong Irish connection, with local boys Mark Lawrenson and Kevin Kilbane going on to play for their hometown club, before representing Ireland on the international stage.
Goalkeepers Alan Kelly Sr and his son, Alan Kelly Jr, were involved in the first-team for a combined 22 years, with the latter also born in the town and is now a coach at the club.
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